Sunday, May 1, 2016

Blogger Sues Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott After Losing Job Over Parody Account

Convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott

The author of a "parody blog" - Kathleen O'Donnell - based on convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott has filed a lawsuit against Knott, her father and others after losing her job based on the parody account.


The suit says she was "expressing her opinions and outrage" about the attack on the two gay men when there was intense media scrutiny of Knott, who before the attack had expressed anti-gay sentiments on social media.

O'Donnell alleges that Knott learned of the blog and that her father, Karl Knott, directed her to complain to the Bucks District Attorney's Office.

Karl Knott was then chief of Chalfont Borough police in Bucks County and now is captain at the Central Bucks Regional Police Department.

O'Donnell says that in August 2015, two Bucks County district attorney detectives went to her office at Walker Parking Consultants in Wayne.

The detectives, Martin McDonough and Mark Zielinski, first met privately with O'Donnell's boss, James Pudleiner, and told him that O'Donnell had posted "harassing comments" about Kathryn Knott, sometimes from a computer at her work, the lawsuit says.

It says that O'Donnell was brought before the detectives and that she acknowledged operating the "Knotty is a Tramp" account, commenting on news items about Knott.

The lawsuit contends the detectives "threatened" O'Donnell, saying that if she continued writing under the username "Knotty is a Tramp" that "she would be arrested for 'fraudulently impersonating Ms. Knott.' "

O'Donnell told the detectives she would not post on the account again.

The lawsuit says that O'Donnell was fired from her job that day "as a direct result of the visit" by the detectives.

Her lawsuit, which also names Bucks County as a defendant, seeks more than $150,000 in compensatory damages and more than $5 million in punitive damages. It contends she suffered monetary losses, including her salary, as well as emotional pain and damage to her reputation.

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