A former Vietnamese model submitted evidence to a Hanoi court on Wednesday morning as part of her anti-defamation lawsuit against a local news website.
According to the Family and Children’s Services reports, generated between September 13, 2012 and December 7, 2012, all of Thuy’s children are healthy and well cared for by her and her boyfriend.
Former model Ngoc Thuy. File photo
Thuy plans to use the documents as the basis for a lawsuit against the Doi Song va Phap luat (Life and Law) news website which ran an article last December titled “Super model Ngoc Thuy insults, expels her parents from her house”.
The article, which billed itself as an “exclusive exposé,” alleged that Thuy and her boyfriend, who shared an apartment in San Jose, had a drug problem and were not taking care of their children–which included two daughters she had with her Viet kieu ex-husband An Nguyen.
The story also alleged that Thuy called police to forcibly remove her parents from the apartment they had flown to the US to visit their daughter and grandchildren.
However, a report from the San Jose police said they had been called to resolve a “domestic disturbance” by a concerned neighbor–not Thuy.
The police report also mentioned that on September 7, An Nguyen told the police “children neglect” was going on in Thuy’s apartment.
The police report said An claimed Thuy and her boyfriend were using drugs.
That same day, police visited the apartment and concluded An’s complaint was groundless.
After the article was posted on the news website, Thuy sent a complaint to the site’s editorial staff, demanding a correction. The site refused to comply.
Thuy later took the news website to a Hanoi court to demand a public apology as well as a VND1-million (US$47) compensation as a symbolic redress of the damage done to her reputation.