Man accused of raping his cousin for 6 years is suing her for defamation of characterBy Mason White 11:37 AM May 7, 2014
|The poster (left) Ashley Foster (right)|
By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A man is angry that his cousin is using his picture in her campaign against child rape.
The man who allegedly admitted and apologized to the victim’s mother for molesting his cousin beginning when she was 13 years old, is now suing her for defamation and stalking.
James Rashawn Johnson is petitioning for a civil injunction to stop his cousin, Ashley Foster, from using his name or photographs when she tells her story of how she was molested.
Foster of Florida, who is now 23 years old, claims that Johnson molested her for six years until she was 19. Foster said that she did not come forward earlier for fear of her family’s reaction.
However, he was never prosecuted because when she reported him two years ago, too much time had passed since the alleged offense. Foster was devastated when she was informed that the statute of limitations had run out just 60 days before she filed her complaint.
Refusing to back down, Foster launched an online campaign to eliminate Florida’s statute of limitations in cases like hers. She is using her cousin’s name and pictures for her campaign.
Johnson wants his cousin to stop identifying him as he has never been charged.
“My picture appeared on Facebook as a predator even though I have never been arrested, prosecuted, or convicted of a crime,” Johnson I wrote in documents filed in the Broward County court.
Foster said that she refuses to be silenced and would only stop using Johnson’s image and name if ordered by a court. “I feel re-victimized now, I have a First Amendment right to tell my story, and he made my story,” the woman said.