Nik Richie's Legal Problems: Lost $1.5 Million Texas Lawsuit in 2009, Others Attacked on Web Site Plan to Sue

hooman.jpg
Hooman Karamian, a.k.a. Nik Richie of theDirty.com, was ordered to pay $1.5 million to a Texas woman last year

Does Nik Richie's new wife know about his legal bills?

Richie, founder of the Scottsdale-based thedirty.com Web site, lost a $1.5 million judgment last year for posting a La Porte, Texas, woman's picture with snide comments about her herpes infection.

More lawsuits could be on the way, one Canadian magazine reports today.

Reality star Shayne Lamas better have signed a prenup with Richie -- whose real name is Hooman Karamian -- before getting hitched in Vegas last week, unless she's always wanted to visit bankruptcy court.

Court records from Harris County, Texas, show Richie's company, Dirty World and Richie himself were ordered to pay $750,000 each to the woman in La Porte, near Houston.

On February 5, 2009, TheDirty published the woman's picture above the following comments:


thedirtylawsuit.jpg


It turned out the woman really did have herpes. Naturally, she was mortified after learning of the Web post.

Her sister contacted Richie that day and asked him to take it down, court records state.

But the post stayed up. The woman in the photo, (New Times is withholding her name to avoid re-Dirtying her), then contacted Richie and asked him to remove the post.

"The (sic) wasn't the right way to ask. sue me," Richie responded by e-mail, records state.

Richie deleted the post 18 days later -- once he realized the woman had obtained a lawyer. She sued in May 2009 for Public Disclosure of Private Facts and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

A judge ruled against Richie in October, stating that the post was "not of legitimate public concern," and that he had acted with malice.

A tip of the hat to the Web site, spursfansays.com, which posted some of the court documents today. The original court filing received some media attention, but this is the first we'd heard of a ruling in the case.

In searching for more info, we came across this article by the Vancouver Sun, which details similar instances in which Richie's site exploited average folks for cheap laughs. Here's a sample:

Rosalie Plowman, a Vancouver mom, said she is planning to take legal action against TheDirty.com.

Plowman claims the website posted photos of family members, including her 10-year-old daughter, and ran derogatory comments about her daughter's weight.

Plowman said she sent an e-mail to the site, asking that the postings be removed, but she has not heard back.

"I feel like my whole family is under fire and being attacked, and people can attack us anonymously."


Sounds like Richie could end up paying for the 10-year-old's college tuition.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
27 comments
Mariahkins
Mariahkins

Omg seriously ? Don't live your life in a way that u can be judged badly! Like boo hoo.. It's life grow up ? He's only saying what he feels!

Dirty Army
Dirty Army

Nik is not doing anything different than you guys spreading rumors about people in your hometown. Dirty Army.

Yourmama
Yourmama

he is a horrible person who needs put in his place....has anyone ever seen him????? he looks worse than most ppl he puts on there 

THEMO
THEMO

I don't see what's wrong with anything he's doing on the site. I mean, the national enquirer's been getting away with it before the internet was even mainstream!

Talimemran2010
Talimemran2010

This guy is such a douche bag loser who drives a Boxster. There are many of us now preparing a major lawsuit against Hooman and thedirty.com. If you are a victim please leave a post here and we will contact you. Thanks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

People CAN be taken off the site, and not by suing, considering this guy was never sued, and never lost 1.5 million in any case. But the fact of the matter is that people that end up on that site deserve to be on there as a wake up call to change their lives and better themselves. I've had friends in college who have been up, and have been taken down, and not by threats, not by money, or anything stupid of the sort, but you can figure that out by yourself. Please stop blaming Nik Richie for everyones stupid selfish mistakes, such as binge drinking, ignoring your children, and doing drugs, your stupidity will finally catch up with you, and being on TheDirty is the price. People need to grow up and accept the consequences of what they do.

D.A.S
D.A.S

Everyone blames Nik for their life problems when they never look in the mirror at themselves. People don’t end up on the dirty by coincidence. The dirty army straightens people out, forces them to see the error of their ways and stop wasting their lives, they've made many a whore into good housewives, how is this not a public service?

Anomymous
Anomymous

"The Dirty".com is a web site for bottom feeders, it is based on money using evil intent as its motive. There will be many lawsuits forthcoming, I included. This website allows people to attempt to destroy the lives of others publicly.

A campaign must begin to stop this freak from using a platform that exploits the lives of others. I personally know of two people in their twenties who have suffered suicide attempts after lies were spewed about their lives. I have contacted the newspaper, the police and a lawyer because bad things happen when good people do nothing!

Who is Hooman Karamiam A.K.A. Nik Richie other then some kind of money making fraud. I can see why he would not want to use his real name. I am a Canadian and would like to know if this guy is an American citizen, because I don't know of any American who would participate or support the derogation of others. Americans are wonderful, kind and giving people which I have much respect for and I refuse to believe any of them would support such evil.

I ask any and all of you who read this comment to stop this guy and have this website removed. Call government officials, your newspapers before you find your teenage sister or brother or other family member being destroyed worldwide on this website because once its out there its out there forever..........

Know this, if you happen to be so unlucky to end up with your name on "The Dirty" website with all kinds of horrid things said about you, you will also come up if someone does a general Google on you name and that general google will bring up your name at www.the dirty.com....click on that and your at the dirty website where others can see what someone spewed lies about you..Remember, if a future employer Google's you and you've been added to 'The Dirty.Com' your name will come up on with a connection to "The Dirty website and probably there goes your job especially if your applying for a job with the police department or social services etc.Please help me and other have this website taken down...Thank you

ludwikbuildinggmaint
ludwikbuildinggmaint

@Dirty Army ?..in "my opinion"...I'm surprised that nic is still breathing.

Summersun
Summersun

I am personally affected by this site and fear what it may mean for my employment future.    Im surprised this guy is even still around.   I would like to be contacted about the impending law suit as well as take part in it, as I was affected by it.  I am an upstanding citizen with a very respectful job and believe I will greatly benefit the case, as well as Nik Richie being put behind bars on multiple sentences, for multiple breachs, preferably for life.  btw I am a canadian.  and he is responsible if the post was approved and commented on by him before anyone else seen it.

KLM
KLM

 Please reply if you have started a class action lawsuit

Dj Jazzy Jefferson Airplane
Dj Jazzy Jefferson Airplane

Morons, you can't sue him because he isn't the one submitting the stories. He runs a blog, where people send in pics and information on the pics. Your "lawsuit" has no merit and will not hold up in court, according to the law. Not trying to be a dik, just telling you the truth.

Chelsea
Chelsea

I have been personally offended and effected by this website and would like to take action so it doesn't have to effect my future or my role as a mother as well. I resent some of the ignorant comments above about "deserving" this horrific treatment of people. In was put up by a stranger, how is that fair? I have exhausted all other options.

trebelle
trebelle

He has posted pictures of my 15 year old with sexually derogatory comments and he won't remove it. I have filed with multiple law enforcement agencies and I would like to file a civil suit. I would appreciate help finding an attorney with experience with this.

sportsmom2011
sportsmom2011

I am looking to take legal action. I am a mother and none of what is being said about me is even remotely true.. It's ridiculous. Please contact me if you have any information that can help me. I don't want my kids see this. Thank-You.

Pedanticsweety
Pedanticsweety

I work for autistic children, adults with disabilities, I pay my bills, taxes, and don't have any of the problems that I was posted with. A former co-worker made stuff up, posted a nine year old picture of me, with my full name which now shows up in search results. So if At Risk Youth I work with google my name they will think I'm a drunk a drug addict, and an impotent lover. Not too creative if you ask me.

When I requested to be removed I received a response that said "Posts are no longer removed from The Dirty". The only saving grace is that it was posted in the wrong city. Which is how I knew it was that former co-worker. This is the first time in history that the accused does not have the right to face their accuser. And with all this talk in North American culture about bullying needing to stop the Obama administration should be ashamed that they allow this nonsense to go on. I am writing letter's to your president about what you deem to be this "public service" by the evil host of this awful website. Yah, he's a real Prince.

Agnatha
Agnatha

Bullsh*t. You don't know what is accurate or not. Any idiot who pays that scumbag a fee can anonymously post any libelous dirt and if "Nik" likes it, he will put it up. There is nothing that indicates whether the information is accurate or not.

Talk about behavior without consequences.

Cls
Cls

Even if it's innaccurate? I assume you are without faults and can use your perfection to judge others.

KLM
KLM

 A lot of the information is dishonest and malicious posted by vindictive people just trying to "get even" with someone they have a disagreement with instead of acting like adults.

Ashley
Ashley

I am also affected by this site, everything they said is not true. I am also concerned about possible future employment and would love to see this guy get punished for what he has done, it is such a shame. I know other people personally who were also posted and who are very affected by it. I am not sure what to do in terms of a law suit, but if you have any idea on how to go about doing so, I am definitely willing to be a part of it.

YamahaFreak1299
YamahaFreak1299

I have a family member whose currently on "thedirty.com" right now and shes devastated, none of what is being said about her is true. She will be graduating college this year and now has to deal with this site getting in the way of her chances of finding employment. Employers these days do basic searches on future prospects and look at their past for hidden lifestyles.I believe that this site is downright disgusting and should be banned!

Agnatha
Agnatha

I am curious as to whether you have been contacted with actual information about a lawsuit, or whether you have had your e-mail account opened up to various forms of harrassment.

Steck
Steck

I am as well! I have been affected by this horrible site! Nothing that was posted was true and to make matters worse the comments that proceed are just as derogatory! I am not sure where to go in terms of a lawsuit but I need HELP!  I see that your posts are from 1 year ago but I am hoping someone can still help!

trebelle
trebelle

Hi, sorry hadn't checked this. No, I haven't been contacted about this by anyone, or had any harassment. Were you harassed by him? I'm sorry if you were.

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

Loading...