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Phaedra Parks vs. Angela Stanton defamation case thrown out

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Friday, June 2, 2016

The years-long legal battle between Phaedra Parks and Angela Stanton appears to be over.

'The Real Housewives of Atlanta" castmate has been fighting former friend Stanton in court for several years over a tell-all book Stanton wrote in 2012 accusing Parks of being in cahoots with her husband Apollo Nida, who landed in prison many years ago for fraud.

After he got out in 2009, Parks and Nida married. He proceeded to go back into white-collar crime that landed him in prison yet again in 2014, where he will be for eight years. All along, Parks has denied any knowledge of Apollo’s activities until the Feds sussed him out.

Parks sued Stanton for defamation. Stanton counter sued. The case dragged on for three years. According to gossip columnist Tamara Tattles , who has followed the case closely, a new court date was set for June 6 but a judge threw out Stanton's suit. Parks then agreed to drop her suit.

Tattles, by the way, is not a fan of Parks. At all. So take what she says with that in mind. She did note that this all curiously happened just before season 9 of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" was to begin production.

(Another gossip columnist Michelle Brown of Straight From the A takes a more sympathetic view toward Phaedra.)

Stanton's attorney James Radford, on his website, announced the situation resolved:

The case of Phaedra Parks v. Angela Stanton was scheduled for trial on June 6, 2016 in the State Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia. On Monday, June 1, the court entered an order dismissing Ms. Stanton’s counterclaims against Ms. Parks. Ms. Parks subsequently agreed to dismiss with prejudice her lawsuit against Ms. Stanton if Ms. Stanton would agree not to appeal the order dismissing the counterclaims. So, the case is now resolved and will not go to trial.

We have some disappointment, as Ms. Stanton was anxious for her day in court. However, a dismissal is a dismissal, and Ms. Stanton is relieved that the claim of defamation has finally been buried. This has been a long, tumultuous process. Ms. Stanton looks forward to focusing on the positive things in her life, to following her dreams of being an author, and to sharing her life story with the world.

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