CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against Live 5 News and the Post and Courier by a former North Charleston mayoral candidate.
Federal District Judge Margaret Seymour granted motions filed on behalf of the defendants to dismiss the lawsuit filed by John Singletary.
The suit alleged defamation of character for a report that states Singletary had been arrested in 2010 for offering $20 to an undercover North Charleston officer for sex.
"With respect to the news organizations and staff, the judge ruled that the plaintiff had made no allegations that would allow him to prove that the persons making the decisions to publish the news reports of his arrest and conviction knew they were false or had reckless disregard of potential falsity," media attorney Jay Bender said in a statement. "In fact, these new reports were true as Singletary's attorney admitted in court although she continued to challenge the legality of the arrest."
The suit also alleged the reporting on his arrest was part of a plot to defeat him in the Nov. 2015 election, Bender said.
Singletary held a news conference after the report in which he insisted the charges against him were dropped, but court documents showed the charges had not been dropped.