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A cousin of the Kennedy family can proceed with his claim that Nancy Grace defamed him by falsely claiming his sperm had been found at the scene of the 1975 murder for which he was convicted.
Karas allegedly replied, "Well, his DNA was found yes" and then specified "up in the tree."
Skakel claimed Grace responded: "Beth, I love the way you put it so delicately, 'his DNA,' you know, it was sperm, there I said it, so he places himself there up in a tree masturbating looking down at her window, and whoa she turns up dead within a couple of hours."
"When Grace states 'it was sperm,' Karas utters the words 'correct,' before Grace's statement ... is completed," Skakel claimed.
Source: Courthouse News
"The plaintiff has met the first element of a prima facie case of defamation because the complaint plainly alleges that Karas's and Grace's statements were not only substantially false, they were literally false," Bryant wrote.
"Despite allegedly knowing that no DNA evidence linked Skakel to Martha Moxley's murder, and despite that Skakel's DNA was allegedly not found anywhere on the victim's body or clothing or at the scene of the crime, Karas and Grace published a statement to a wide audience that the plaintiff's DNA in the form of sperm was found in a tree outside of Martha Moxley's window," Bryant explained.