A University of Idaho (UoI) professor has filed suit against a tarot card-reading TikToker, claiming libel for claims made on the social media platform, court documents show.
“The statements made about Professor Scofield are false, plain and simple,” Scofield’s attorney Wendy J. Olson said in a statement. “What’s even worse is that these untrue statements create safety issues for the Professor and her family.”
The lawsuit, filed in Idaho district court on Wednesday by the University of Idaho Moscow’s Head of History, Rebecca Scofield, accuses TikTok user Ashley Guillard of falsely claiming that the professor planned to kill the other student at Idaho State.
The University of Idaho professor says she was falsely accused of ordering four unsolved murders of undergraduate students last month. The federal lawsuit, which was filed this week against the self-described Internet maven who posted those allegations on TikTok, was met with defiance.
The lawsuit states: “On or about November 28, 2022, Guillard posted six TikTok videos to her account in which she falsely stated that Professor Scofield, the chair of the history department, was responsible for the four students’ deaths…Two of the TikToks directly and falsely state that Professor Scofield ordered the execution of the four students. Three of the TikToks either falsely implied or directly stated that Professor Scofield had been involved in a relationship with one of the murdered students, K.G.”
The TikToker said in a statement to Insider she expected to win her suit, and stood by her assertions that she believed the UoI professor was involved in the crimes. Despite university professors’ lawyers sending cease-and-desist letters to Guillard, she posted more than 20 videos alleging that Scofield was involved with another University of Idaho student and ordered a murder in order to hide that relationship, according to the lawsuit.
“Professor Scofield did not participate in the murders, and she had never met any of the victims, let alone entered a romantic relationship with them,” the legal complaint says.
Scofield is suing the real-crime sleuth on TikTok for failing to take down the videos after a cease-and-desist. The lawsuit notes that Scofield was not in Idaho at the time of the killings, but, rather, Portland, Oregon, five hours away, spending time with friends.
The lawsuit continues: “”None of the four students who were murdered ever took a class from Professor Scofield,” the lawsuit says. “Although the University of Idaho is a relatively small university, she does not recall ever meeting any one of these students.”
Guillard’s TikTok has more than 100,000 followers at the time of publication.
“Ashley Guillard promotes herself on Amazon and TikTok as an Internet sleuth that solves high-profile unsolved murders by consulting Tarot cards, and performing other readings, to obtain information about the murders,” the lawsuit says.
“They also further compound the trauma that the families of the victims are experiencing and undermine law enforcement efforts to find the people responsible in order to provide answers to the families and the public,” the statement continued. “Professor Scofield twice sent cease and desist letters to Ms. Guillard, but Ms. Guillard has continued to make false statements, knowing they are false. Thus, this lawsuit became necessary to protect Professor Scofield’s safety and her reputation.”
In several TikToks, Guillard says the professor was having a relationship with one of the victims, and then planned to commit a murder with another student because (the victim) wanted to break up the relationship and wanted to not let the relationship become public, court documents state.
Guillard said: ‘They all regret coming against me. All of them. Now Rebeca will be added to that list of regretful people.’ The lawsuit seeks a jury trial to establish any compensation.
According to an online profile, Scofield is an assistant professor of history at the University of Idaho. The bio says: ‘She is interested in how popular ideas about the West play out in people’s everyday lives.’
The complaint notes that Scofield has endured emotional distress, as reported by Daily Wire. “She fears for her life and for the lives of her family members,” the complaint states. “She has incurred costs, including costs to install a security system and security cameras at her residence. She fears that Guillard’s false statements may motivate someone to cause harm to her or her family members.”
Guillard says she is “not stopping,” and questioned why the professor needed a team of lawyers “if she’s so innocent.”
Guillard said.“I don’t care what y’all say, Rebecca Scofield killed (the victims) and she was the one to initiate the plan.
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