Phaedra Parks’ defamation lawsuit to move forward

“Real Housewives” cast member Phaedra Parks will get her day in court, a judge ruled Monday.

Parks is suing author Angela Stanton who claimed that she and Parks were involved in various criminal schemes.

Superior Court Judge Carla Brown on Monday dismissed an attempt by Stanton to get Parks’ libel lawsuit thrown out.

Parks filed the suit in 2012 following the online publication of a series of articles and an e-book. The lawsuit quotes the e-book titled "Lies Of A Real Housewife," and articles posted on in which Stanton claims she and Parks were involved in various criminal activities including forgery and a "federal racketeering scheme" aimed at stealing luxury cars.

Stanton’s attorney James Radford argued in Gwinnett Superior Court that Parks had forfeited her right to sue because she stonewalled when she was deposed about whether she was engaged in criminal schemes with Stanton as Stanton alleges in the e-book.

Parks’ lawyer Paul Andrew argued that his client had answered proper questions in the discovery process of her 2012 lawsuit against Stanton, which deserved to go forward.

He said his client only refused to answer questions about her husband Apollo Nida’s alleged criminal activity, which the lawyer considered improper.

Parks is a respected member of the community and a lawyer whose denial of wrongdoing carries more credibility than any claim by Stanton, a convicted felon, Andrew said.

Radford showed no surprise the judge ruled for the case to continue.

“We’ll just take our case to court, he said.