Dixie Chicks Natalie Maines faces defamation charges

December 6th, 2008 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Dec 6 (ANI): Natalie Maines, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, has been slapped with defamation lawsuit for statements she made at a rally in 2007 about the murders of three young boys.

Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of three 8-year old boys murdered in 1993, has filed a complaint on November 25, claiming that Maines wrongfully made a “false and reckless claim that [Hobbs] committed the murders of the three boys.”

His stepson Steve Branch, along with Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, was found dead May 5, 1993, reports Fox News.

In the 2007 rally, “Not Ready to Make Nice” singer told the crowd that new DNA evidence from the crime scene implicated Steve’’s stepdad, Terry Hobbs, and that Hobbs” behavior following the boys” deaths was suspect.

Hobbs also claims that Maines “recklessly published or caused to be published malicious, libelous, slanderous, and false statements” on the band’’s Web site on November 26, 2007.

The lawsuit seeks undisclosed punitive damages. (ANI)

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