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Ex-Bengals cheerleader testifies in libel case

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COVINGTON, KY (AP) -

A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader says posts on a gossip website she is suing for defamation were so devastating that she considered suicide.

Sarah Jones told jurors Tuesday in her lawsuit retrial in Covington, Ky., that the posts were false and malicious. Website operator Nik Richie said the case involves freedom of speech and denied any malice.

Jones is suing over posts made in 2009 to the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based website, thedirty.com. They alleged she had sex with every Bengals player and probably had sexually transmitted diseases.

The posts weren't related to the former high school teacher's 2012 guilty plea to charges she had sex with an underage ex-student.

A detective testified Tuesday that Jones lied during interviews in that investigation.

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