Mother of Natalee Halloway, Beth Halloway, is suing the National Inquirer accusing the tabloid is profiting off untrue stories of her daughter’s disappearance back in 2005.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Beth Halloway filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the magazine and publishing company, American Media Inc., stating they were publishing “false headlines, articles and statements” for about seven years.
Lin Wood, Beth Halloway’s attorney said, “They keep doing it…We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. This is a mother who has exercised every effort to make sure her daughter is alive.”
Natalee was 18 when she went missing during a spring break vacation to Aruba back in May 2005. Her body was never found, a judge declared her dead as of last January.
The 18-year old was last seen leaving a bar with Joran Van Der Sloot, a Dutchman whom was raised in Aruba. Sloot remains the prime suspect in the Natalee Halloway case. Sloot faces extortion and wire fraud in Alabama. He murdered Peruvian college student Stephany Flores—Sloot pled guilty—which was five years prior to Natalee’s disappearance.
The suit against the National Inquirer includes many falsely depicted articles, including one of Sloot having a “secret hand-drawn” map to Holloway’s grave. The suit includes the magazine being well aware of the falsity of the articles when they were published.
“Defendants purposely avoided learning the truth by, among other things, failing to attempt to interview many individuals whom could confirm or deny the things stated in the headlines, articles and statements and captured in the photographs,” the lawsuit said.
According to the AP the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.