California prep coach sues parent for $1 million for libel

California prep coach sues parent for $1 million for libel

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California prep coach sues parent for $1 million for libel

The basketball coach at Westlake High School (Westlake Village, Calif.) is suing a parent for more than $1 million for libel, according to court documents acquired by the Ventura County Star.

Coach Rob Bloom says in the suit that parents James Clark has made “personal and pointed attacks” and made “malicious” and defamatory statements. Clark’s son began playing for the varsity team in 2011.

The lawsuit cites emails written to Bloom, school district officials and other parents.

“By the middle of January 2013, it was apparent that Clark was on a personal ‘mission’ to destroy and defame Bloom,” the suit says, according to the Star. “Clark was spending hours investigating Bloom in an attempt to discredit Bloom. Clark circulated emails accusing Bloom of personally and willfully violating child labor laws.

“Clark’s emails were vicious, personal and ugly and were intended to destroy Bloom.”

In an interview with the Star, Clark denied he has a personal vendetta against Bloom.

“It is very unfortunate this action and not problem-solving is being undertaken by Mr. Bloom to remedy this dispute,” Clark said.

Clark alleged some coaches were using student athletes to work in nonprofit sports camps  at the school. He did not name the coaches. Bloom is listed as executive director of Westlake Sports Camp.

According to court documents, Bloom is seeking $250,000 for general damages, $250,000 for special damages and $500,000 for punitive and exemplary damages.

 

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