SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A judge found ESPN did nothing malicious in its reporting of claims that a former Syracuse assistant basketball coach sexually abused two ballboys decades ago and his wife had a sexual relationship with one of them.
The libel case came down to whether the wife, Laurie Fine, was a public or private figure. As a public figure, she would have to show malice in the 2012 lawsuit she filed against the network.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles threw out the lawsuit Friday.
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