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Fake Twitter account prompts lawsuit

USD student sues for Trump-related defamation

Tiffany Dehen — yes, Trump was her candidate; no, she is not a Nazi sympathizer
Tiffany Dehen — yes, Trump was her candidate; no, she is not a Nazi sympathizer

A University of San Diego law student says a fellow student defamed her on Twitter for her unwavering support of then-candidate Donald Trump. The woman, Tiffany Dehen, is suing the student (who has not been identified) for defamation of character in federal court as well as the college for allowing the harassment to occur.

According to the February 1 complaint, filed in federal court, Dehen says a student created a fake Twitter account in her name and began tweeting that she was a Nazi sympathizer because of her support for Trump. Doing so, says Dehen, may impact her ability to find a legal job in San Diego.

"This usage of plaintiffs first and last name used in conjuction [sic] with views associated with Hitler’s Nazi Germany are damaging to plaintiffs name, especially in this crucial juncture of her life where she is applying to California bar admittance and looking for a legal job in San Diego. It is a known fact law firms nowadays check social media sites and do background and Google searches before reaching out to a potential candidate."

Among the tweets sent by the fake account, a bogus claim that she was preparing for an audition to star in a new series called "The Real Housewives of Nazi-Occupied Russian Territory Formerly Known as America."

"I'm so excited for my audition for TV!" read the tweet. "I can't wait to make America proud! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #AmericaFirst #AmericaFirstOnly @POTUS twirls "if he's not Aryan, we're not marryin'!''

Dehen alleges that the perpetrator also attempted to create a phony Facebook profile using her name and images taken from real social media accounts.

Before the November presidential election, Dehen was not shy about her support for the Republican candidate. Dehen frequently retweeted Trump's tweets attacking his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. After the election she posted pictures of herself dressed in a "Make America Great Again" sweater with her dog. "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY NEW PRESIDENT @realDonaldTrump and his gorgeous family!!!! WE LOVE YOU! LOVE 2 ADORABLE DEPLORABLES, TIFFANY & MITTY."

According to the lawsuit, “…It should be noted that Tiffany Dehen’s real twitter account consists of posts supporting the elected President of the United States, not Adolf Hitler, the socialist communist dictator from Germany. The fact that John Doe used Tiffany Dehen’s real name and linked the fictitious Twitter account to Tiffany Dehen’s real account by retweeting Tiffany Dehen’s posts shows that John Doe acted with actual malice and negligence."

Dehen is seeking $100 million in damages.

(corrected 2/8, 10:35 a.m.)

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Tiffany Dehen — yes, Trump was her candidate; no, she is not a Nazi sympathizer
Tiffany Dehen — yes, Trump was her candidate; no, she is not a Nazi sympathizer

A University of San Diego law student says a fellow student defamed her on Twitter for her unwavering support of then-candidate Donald Trump. The woman, Tiffany Dehen, is suing the student (who has not been identified) for defamation of character in federal court as well as the college for allowing the harassment to occur.

According to the February 1 complaint, filed in federal court, Dehen says a student created a fake Twitter account in her name and began tweeting that she was a Nazi sympathizer because of her support for Trump. Doing so, says Dehen, may impact her ability to find a legal job in San Diego.

"This usage of plaintiffs first and last name used in conjuction [sic] with views associated with Hitler’s Nazi Germany are damaging to plaintiffs name, especially in this crucial juncture of her life where she is applying to California bar admittance and looking for a legal job in San Diego. It is a known fact law firms nowadays check social media sites and do background and Google searches before reaching out to a potential candidate."

Among the tweets sent by the fake account, a bogus claim that she was preparing for an audition to star in a new series called "The Real Housewives of Nazi-Occupied Russian Territory Formerly Known as America."

"I'm so excited for my audition for TV!" read the tweet. "I can't wait to make America proud! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #AmericaFirst #AmericaFirstOnly @POTUS twirls "if he's not Aryan, we're not marryin'!''

Dehen alleges that the perpetrator also attempted to create a phony Facebook profile using her name and images taken from real social media accounts.

Before the November presidential election, Dehen was not shy about her support for the Republican candidate. Dehen frequently retweeted Trump's tweets attacking his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. After the election she posted pictures of herself dressed in a "Make America Great Again" sweater with her dog. "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY NEW PRESIDENT @realDonaldTrump and his gorgeous family!!!! WE LOVE YOU! LOVE 2 ADORABLE DEPLORABLES, TIFFANY & MITTY."

According to the lawsuit, “…It should be noted that Tiffany Dehen’s real twitter account consists of posts supporting the elected President of the United States, not Adolf Hitler, the socialist communist dictator from Germany. The fact that John Doe used Tiffany Dehen’s real name and linked the fictitious Twitter account to Tiffany Dehen’s real account by retweeting Tiffany Dehen’s posts shows that John Doe acted with actual malice and negligence."

Dehen is seeking $100 million in damages.

(corrected 2/8, 10:35 a.m.)

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You go girl!

Feb. 7, 2017

"Tech Dirt" completely rips this lawsuit as "baseless"... and outlines many alleged problems with the lawsuit and why it probably will be dismissed. They are claiming the lawsuit is for 100M?!

Perhaps, the author of this story can provide us with more clarification?!

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170202/16511636619/recent-law-school-grad-sues-twitter-because-someone-made-parody-twitter-account.shtml#comments

Feb. 7, 2017

SportsFan, This was my fault. You are correct, it is $100 million. Thanks for the clarification.

As for TechDirt's analysis, they are probably right. While baseless, it is still an interesting local story. You never know, this all could be part of a larger plan to get Trump's attention and his attention. Seeing how things are going, he could tap her for the Supreme Court. Thx -dH

Feb. 8, 2017

See Also a humorous account of this lawsuit:

"Stop Making Yourself Unemployable" "Learned from #TiffanyvTwitter" Google it...Very Funny!

Feb. 8, 2017

Thanks, SportsFan. I enjoyed that. The complaint was rather humorous on its own, this just makes it even more so. Thanks for reading...and commenting. -dH

Feb. 9, 2017

She is has many job offers now...

Feb. 21, 2017

She will win or settle for millions. Watch for the amended compliant.

Tiffany is a sweetheart and top student, she was getting stalked as well by another student and USD did nothing...they need to protect their students from radicals.

check out her website for latest news

tiffanydehen.com

Feb. 21, 2017

She won't get jack shit. Defamation lawsuits only make money for the lawyer. There is still free speech, lampooning, and pranks. Before you can demand any damages for defamation you have to have character that has been defamed. LOL

Feb. 21, 2017

Just watch and learn Ponzi ..interesting name

Feb. 22, 2017

Dear SD Reader,

Thank you for the publicity.

I am proud to say I graduated law school from USD, but have not yet taken the bar because of ongoing malicious harassment including, but not limited to, stalking and terroristic threats. This was due to my political views and vocal support of Donald J. Trump during and after the election.

I was targeted at USD Law for standing up for the American values we share, and it’s affected my ability to work and study for the bar. I was even interviewed by the FBI about the parties who were harassing me.

I already filed a 150 page complaint in District Court for the Southern District of California, and my suit has made local and national news. I am reaching out to my fellow Trump supporters for donations so I may retain expert counsel and pay for related expenses.

Please find additional information on my website: www.tiffanydehen.com

Thank you for your generosity and keep making America great!

Best Regards,

Tiffany Dehen J.D. USD | ASU | KKG

None

April 22, 2017

What a misguided missile!

April 22, 2017

Over a quarter of a million dollars in student loan debt. Over $15,000 in consumer loan debt including Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. This girl likes to shop!

Did her family raise an "entitled princess?" Good Lord, what is she 26, 28 and still never worked? She calls herself a "consultant" but who would hire this train wreck? And where is her client portfolio? She's lived on those student loans and credit cards and now the alligators are at her door. A lawsuit? Maybe she thinks Twitter will settle instead of crush her like the cockroach she is.

And then there is a case in San Diego Superior Court filed on 9/10/2014. It is a Prevent Domestic Violence order filed by a male USD law student (and presently a practicing lawyer) against Tiffany. She must have a bad temper.

Well she can try to brand herself and say "look at my big lawsuit!. She is an idiot. She has accumulted a $250,000 in debt in STUDENT LOANS - that I really don't imagine Twitter paying for. They have lawyers that will pulverize her and her Victoria's Secret wardrobe.

Tiffany comes off as a very spoiled brat, self-absorbed, impulsive, (insert more adjectives here). I hope the judge pulls the curtains on this farce fast, and idiot millennials like this subject, grow up and stop thinking life is all about instagram and twitter. The world is looking at idiots like you Tiffany, and we can only laugh. There is ZERO pity. Go get a job flipping burgers where you belong, you airhead.

April 22, 2017

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