It has been an unlikely legal wrangle from the start. First, a 14-year-old Austin, Texas, girl and her mother filed a $30 million lawsuit against MySpace.com, where the teenager claims she met a man who assaulted her. Now, the college student charged with the sexual assault also is considering suing the popular social networking site.There's so much great stuff going on here--besides the rape. First we've got the fact that the girl and her mom are suing MySpace instead of the guy. You have to wonder if that's because they believe News Corp is legally responsible or because Pete Solis is a community college student and not a media magnate.
The defense attorney for Pete Solis, the 19-year-old Texas community college student charged with sexually assaulting the girl. . . , told TIME that if the Texas courts accept the premise that MySpace is liable because the two met there, then his client also has a claim, since the alleged victim falsely portrayed herself on the webiste as 15 years old.
"He's been, in effect, just as much a victim — if not more," says Adam Reposa, the attorney for Solis, who is facing up to 20 years in prison on charges of second degree felony sexual assault. Since the lawsuit against MySpace also names Solis as a defendant, Reposa said he will "cross-file" and also sue MySpace and its owner, News Corporation. "MySpace wasn't there when they went to Whataburger. MySpace wasn't there when they went to the movie and MySpace wasn't there when they climbed in the backseat," Reposa said. "Meeting on MySpace — if that alone is enough, then we can make the same claim for damages."
The best part though, is the total "fuck you" defense that says "Oh crap! I didn't know she was 14! I thought she was 15. And if she can sue MySpace, so can we. Boo-ya!"
Anyway, as we all know, this is all her fault anyway for getting sexually assaulted. You know her MySpace quote is probably like "Girls just want to have fun!" and her interests include "boys" and she had some provocative pictures of her when she was drunk.
Instead of all these new easily sidestepped MySpace rules, they should make a rule that says that if you get raped, you're not allowed to sue anybody but the rapist if you're dumb enough to let your daughter go on dates with dudes from the Internet when they're 14.
Eventually they'll do a real age-verification thing where we all have to enter our Social Security numbers or scan our internal chips or retinas and then--and only then, will all of us be truly safe.