Newport News, VA asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Libel & Slander for Virginia

Q: Can I get sued if I make a vlog and talk about being assaulted by a 7eleven manager?

I wanted to tell My story because it was such a bizarre day and I informed 7 eleven of the incident and they did nothing. The manager was never punished but he's aware there's a warrant out for assault and he's been avoiding the store or atheist he hasn't been caught. Is it illegal to tell this story to the public if I don't use names?

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Daniel P Leavitt
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  • Midlothian, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: As a general rule you cannot really completely insulate yourself from being sued. You do protect yourself a bit to the extent you are being completely truthful about what happened and couch your language in opinion or to the best of your recollection and avoid inflammatory labels... stick to the truth and anything that can be considered an opinion I would label it as such etc. Seems like if you were assaulted they may have more of a concern about a lawsuit.

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