Wendy Williams’ Producers Fight Man Suing Talk Show Host For Allegedly Making Him Look Like A ‘Predator’
Wendy Williams’ producers are in court fighting off a lawsuit accusing the talk show host of defaming a paparazzi.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Talk WW Productions — the company that produces The Wendy William Show — fired back at the suit brought by a man named Darryl Wilkins.
They are asking the court to dismiss all claims. Wilkins is suing Williams, the producers and actress Hilary Duff.
In February 2020, Duff and Wilkins got into a verbal argument at a park where her young son was playing football. She told him it was “creepy” he was taking photos of kids while he claimed to be doing nothing wrong.
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He says Duff engaged in “reprehensible and despicable conduct including by innuendo that he was a child predator.”
“The words uttered were false statements because [Wilkins] is not a pedophile or child predator and was attempting to take photos as a photographer and not as a Paparazzi or stalker or with malice, intent or evil wrongdoing,” his suit read.
A couple of months later, Williams talked about the incident during her Hot Topics segment.
Wilkins says Williams trashed him during the chat.
Wilkins said the segment made him look like a sexual deviant, predator, and pedophile — all which hurt his reputation. He is seeking unspecified damages.
Williams — who has been MIA from her talk show for months — has yet to respond to the suit. She has been unable to host due to medical issues. Late last year, she voluntarily checked herself into the hospital for a psychological evaluation.
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In her place, Talk WW is responding to the suit and arguing Williams should be dismissed.
As part of their motion, the producers note that Williams made the comments she was acting in her capacity as an employee of the company Talk WW Production, Inc.
Further, they argue that the comments Williams made were not defamatory. They claim she simply talked about Duff’s video and offered an opinion on whether the actress could have handled the encounter differently.
“The statements in the Wendy segment were protected by the First Amendment and cannot be the basis of slander or libel claims,” they argue.
The judge has yet to rule.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Williams is also dealing with a separate lawsuit with Wells Fargo. She accuses the bank of blocking her access to accounts with her fortune.
She claims her former financial advisor had told the bank nonsense that caused them to take action. Williams is suing demanding the court help her gain access to her money.