Those who have been following the Waitt vs Internet Brands lawsuit may recall that on March 19, 2010, Internet Brands claimed they were not informed of a criminal investigation involving Model Mayhem when it was sold on May 13, 2008. In this recent filing (pdf), Internet Brands further clarifies their counter claim.
14. On or about July 13, 2007, the Miami, Florida, Police Department arrested Lavont Flanders, Jr. (“Flanders”), and charged him with raping at least five (5) women whom he met through the website. Flanders was accused of luring aspiring models to a Miramar, Florida, warehouse where he drugged them and then sexually assaulted them.
15. Internet Brands is informed and believes and thereon alleges that one or more of Flanders’ victims intends to pursue civil litigation as a result of the assaults committed by Flanders and that such was known by counter—defendants before they entered into the Agreement.
16. The charges against Flanders and his alleged use of the website to lure 6 his victims to the warehouse, as well as the contentions made by his victims with regard to his use of the website, were all known by counter-defendants in July, 8 2007, nearly one (1) year before they entered into the Agreement.