My question is pertaining to Ohio slander/libel law. My husband committed adultery. I am considering writing a letter to the other woman’s parents, informing them of the drug, alcohol abuse, and sexual relations she had with a man she knew was married with children. Can I be charged with breaking any law or sued if the content of the letter contains truthful information?
A true statement cannot be defamatory. Truth is a valid defense against a claim of defamation. Under most state laws, if a person tells the truth, he/she will not be held liable for defamation. You should check with a local personal injury or constitutional law attorney for legal advice and guidance regarding your question. The attorney can provide you with information regarding affirmative defenses to slander/libel under Ohio State law.