Woman sues Austin TV station for $1M for publishing 'ill-gotten' information about her

By John Suayan | Dec 4, 2018

HOUSTON – A local woman has filed a state district lawsuit against an Austin television station, claiming it “published ill-gotten and illegally obtained information” about her in a news article on its Web site.

Jessica deValentino’s suit, which was filed on Dec. 3 in the Harris County 157th District Court, explains that KEYE-TV’s publication of the article titled Governor Abbott issues pardons for seven Texans violated an order of non-disclosure she obtained in 2005.

According to deValentino, she “has been negatively affected by the publication of the information when co-workers, businesses, clients, and employers view the information on” the defendant’s site.

Sometime this year, the plaintiff was granted an order of expunction. This order prohibits “the release, maintenance, dissemination, or use of the expunged records and files for any purpose.”

Court documents further assert that deValentino sent KEYE and its affiliates multiple requests to remove the content from the site to no avail.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks $1 million in damages.

She is representing herself.

Harris County 157th District Court Case No. 2018-85762

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