Professor prevails in Tik Tok defamation trial

A federal judge has sided with a University of Idaho professor in a Tik Tok defamation case.

Allegations linking history professor Rebecca Scofield to the November 2022 slayings of four U of I students were “oppressive, fraudulent, malicious, and/or outrageous,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Patricco wrote in a June 6 order. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported Friday on the order.

Rebecca Scofield

Tik Tok personality Ashley Guillard had said Scofield had orchestrated the slayings of Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Madison Mogen, in an attempt to cover up Scofield’s romantic relationship with one of the victims.

Scofield’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in December 2022.

“By repeatedly accusing Plaintiff of an affair with a student and then ordering the murder of four students to cover up the affair, Defendant communicated information to others that was Defamatory,” Patricco wrote in his order, according to the Daily News report.

Scofield will seek punitive damages against Guillard at a subsequent trial, her attorney, Wendy Olson, told the Daily News last week.

Bryan Kohberger, a former Washington State University student, faces four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the slayings.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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