Curtis Hill's attorneys may file defamation suit

INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys Kevin Betz and Sandra Blevins, who are representing Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, held a press conference Wednesday morning about a possible defamation suit they may file in connection with the memo that was leaked to the press.

Betz said some of the allegations in the memo are 'false and malicious."

“We are still gathering information, and that’s why we’re calling upon the political leaders to provide those three pieces of information," Betz said.

He said they want three things:

  • For the memo to be corrected
  • To find out the identity of the person who put the incorrect information in the memo
  • To find out the identity of the person who released the memo to the media

Betz says there are discrepancies between the details in the memo alleging Hill groped women at a bar and the public accounts of three of Hill’s accusers shared with the media.

The lawsuit won't target the women.

“This defamation is against the unknown individuals who included this false and malicious information and who released this false and malicious information," Betz said.

Betz and Belvins say Indiana lawmakers know who those people are and they want their names released.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, R-Indianapolis and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne released the following response to the press conference Wednesday morning:

"We believe Curtis Hill is the individual who should be answering questions about allegations of inappropriate conduct, and we stand by our prior statements regarding this matter. We are fully cooperating with the Inspector General's Office as they conduct their current investigation and will await the results."

Watch the press conference below:

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