On Valentine’s day 2013 a new website was launched called Cheaterville. The creators of Cheaterville wanted to provide an outlet for people who have sexual affairs with people they thought were single. Once they find out that the person was in a committed relationship or married, they can post details of the affairs and even pictures as a way to inform the partners or anyone else who might become involved with this person that he or she is a cheater. All the posts on Cheaterville are anonymous, and the website allows you to plug in any name to check on someone’s cheating history.
The motto of the website is “Don’t be the last to know.”
So how would you like to be the married woman who found her husband’s name on this website? Along with his picture – under a large headline that reads, “Gay, Married, and Looking for Sex on Craigslist?”
That is what happened to a California woman named Winona Powers.
Her husband’s picture and details of an alleged homosexual affair had been posted on Cheaterville by an anonymous person.
Powers said she was “shocked, angry, and felt betrayed,” even though it was her husband who showed her the post.
“I’m so upset,” she told a television reporter. “We are very private people and we have an honorable marriage.”
Her husband Jared found the post after Googling his name, and now he wants to know who put it up there because the couple is suing that person for damages.
Their lawsuit in federal court alleges that the post is completely false and libelous, and that the couple suffered “severe emotional distress, loss of reputation, and economic damages.”
The Sacramento couple did contact Cheaterville before filing their lawsuit, but were told they would have to hire an independent company at the cost of $200 to remove the post. They did that, but even with the lawsuit, Cheaterville refuses to divulge the name the person who wrote the post. Cheaterville did provide the Powers with the person’s computer IP address, but it is legally obligated to provide the person’s name as well.
The Powers’ attorney believes that the lawsuit may hold up in court because of an earlier case involving a website called Roomates.com. The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Roomates.com was participating in discriminatory activities by asking posters to provide their sexual orientation, marital status, and other information.
Cheaterville’s attorney Marc Randazza said the Roomates decision has nothing to do with the Cheaterville case.
“If these clowns think they’re the first guys to stumble upon the Roomates decision, then I openly mock them,” he told ABC News. ” … The circumstances simply aren’t the same as Roommates. To say that Cheaterville is liable is baseless and stupid.”
Randazza also said that the Powers are just out for money and fame, adding “They will obtain far more notoriety, credence, and permanence as part of a federal lawsuit than they ever could on Cheaterville.”
The Powers insist they have to find out who did this to them, and that they have been living a nightmare since discovering the post on Cheaterville.
“Until we find out who it is, I’m going to be paranoid,” Winona Powers said.
Rapaport, Daniel. “Husband says he was defamed by Cheaterville user,” ABC News, August 26, 2013.
“Sacramento couple says they were defamed by Cheaterville user,” News10/KXTV August 26, 2013.