Natalie Maines Sued

December 6, 2008

Love her or hate her, Natalie Maines – the lead singer for the Dixie Chicks – is famous for some of the ‘off the cuff’ comments she makes at concerts and other public arenas. Now she is being sued for defammation for statements she made at a rally in 2007 about the murders of three little boys. Read more about it below, see photos and watch a video.

Natalie Maines

Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines

Outspoken Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines is being sued for defamation over statements she allegedly made about Terry Hobbs who is the stepfather of one of three eight-year-old boys who were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. These murders and the events that surround them were made famous by the 1996 acclaimed documentary called ‘Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills.’

Terry Hobbs alleges in his complaint that Natalie Maines made a “false and reckless claim that he (Terry Hobbs) committed the murders of the three boys …” Natalie reportedly made these comments during a rally last December on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. You can watch a video of her comments by going here.

The lawsuit also claims that Natalie Maines “recklessly published or caused to be published malicious, libelous, slanderous, and false statements” on the Chicks’ website in November 2007 and that those statements were republished by several media outlets, including FOX News, The Memphis Commercial Appeal, and PEOPLE magazine.

Steve Branch (Terry Hobbs’ stepson), Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were all found dead on May 5, 1993 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin, all of West Memphis, were convicted of the murders in 1994. Some, like Natalie Maines, contend that insufficient evidence convicted the three men who were known at the time as the ‘West Memphis Three.’

The lawsuit seeks undisclosed punitive damages and there is no comment as of yet from Natalie Maines.

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Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines Photos

Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks ‘Landslide’ Video

Photos: WENN

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One Response to “Natalie Maines Sued”

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    Air Jordans Says:

    Sued? Hopefully she can afford it!