Q: My ex stated that she “had dirt” on me after I asked her to stop communicating with me. What can I do?
I stated today that I no longer wished to continue communication with my Ex. She stated that she did not plan on it so I took that as an agreement. I stated that if she continued communication I would pursue legal action and she said that she “had dirt on me too” when I never stated that I “had dirt” on her. Is this a threat? Is it considered blackmail? What do I do? I am in Florida and she is in Tennessee
A: You asked if it's a threat, but not all threats are illegal. If she is merely saying or implying, "If you sue me, bad things about you will be revealed", there's nothing unlawful about that threat. Of course, if she makes false statements to third parties that are damaging to your reputation, you would have a potential defamation claim, and if she were to contact your employer or someone with whom you have a business relationship with the intent to ruin that relationship, you would have a potential claim for that.
Also, saying, "I have dirt on you" is not the crime of blackmail unless she were to say something like, "Unless you do _____ for me, I'm going to reveal to _____ the dirt I have on you."
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