A Houston nightspot has sued several media outlets and two journalists
for allegedly defaming its owner.
In a lawsuit filed Aug. 3 against KHOU-TV, Inc.; Gannett
Co., Inc.; former KHOU assignment editor William Langlois; and Houston
Chronicle reporter Dale Lezon in the Harris County 164th District Court, Status
Lounge, Inc. says that a musician scheduled to perform at its venue a few
months ago was shot at a nearby liquor store, but the defendants did not report
the event in question as such.
“Shortly after the shooting and without doing even the most
basic fact-checking – which is (the) responsibility of anyone who claims to be
a journalist – and in a rush to report, Langlois (with KHOU) and Lezon (with
the Houston Chronicle) told the public that the musician was shot by the owner
of Status Lounge after an argument about the musician’s fees,” recent court
The lounge and cigar bar further asserts that Langlois and
Lezon “did not even” reach out to it for comment, stating one of its
representatives personally contacted the latter immediately after reading the stories
to alert them about the purported error and encourage them to review corporate
filings with the Texas Secretary of State to no avail.
Langlois and Lezon “stood by their inaccuracies,” the suit
As a result of the respondents’ actions, per Status Lounge,
the establishment lost customers and profits. The plaintiff adds KHOU and the
Houston Chronicle still have the stories minus the information it supplied up
on their Web sites.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorneys Melissa Moore and Curt Hesse of the law firm Moore
& Associates in Houston are representing the complainant.
Harris County 164th District Court Case No. 2016-51529