Attorney Stacey Godfrey Evans, whose law firm represents Phaedra Parks, has released a statement to Sister 2 Sister in response to rumors that the “RHOA” star dismissed her defamation suit against her former associate, Angela Stanton.
In Angela’s book, Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, Angela alleged that she, Phaedra and Phaedra’s husband, Apollo Nida, participated in illegal activities together years ago. Angela repeated the claims in an interview published on Vibe.com in March. Phaedra’s mother, the Rev. Regina Bell, had also filed a lawsuit in response to the claims against her daughter.
"Please be advised that Ms. Parks has not settled her case against Vibe and is still pursuing the case. There was no interest whatsoever in the Vibe settlement offer and no response to it was made by Ms. Parks. The fact is that Ms. Parks voluntarily dismissed her federal court case and re-filed in Gwinnett County State Court (Case No. 02 C-06313) in order to add Angela Stanton as a party defendant. The addition of Stanton as a defendant necessitated filing the suit in state court (because Stanton and Ms. Parks are both Georgia residents).
Interestingly, despite claiming that her statements about Ms. Parks are true and that she was prepared to face Ms. Parks in defending her statements, Ms. Stanton is clearly avoiding service of the lawsuit.
Rev. Bell is also still pursuing her case in federal court. That case has not been dismissed. Rev. Bell did dismiss Vibe (without prejudice) based on its claim that it did not publish the book in question. Rev. Bell is pursuing the case against Augustus Publishing, who now appears to be the publisher of Ms. Stanton’s book."
The statement refutes comments Angela tweeted last week where she claimed that Phaedra’s suit against her had been dismissed.
—Tracy L. Scott