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Kordell Stewart wins $3 million defamation suit against man claiming they had slept together

This was posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A DeKalb County Superior Court judge rewarded Porsha Williams' former husband Kordell Stewart $3 million in a defamation case where a viral video star claimed to have a gay relationship with him.

Andrew Caldwell told a radio show in 2015 that he had hooked up with Stewart and had purchased him expensive gifts. He later retracted the comments but Stewart sued him anyway, accusing him of hurting Stewart's career.

Stewart has fought off off gay rumors for years, even from "Real Houswives of Atlanta" and "Dish Nation" star Williams herself. He released a statement saying he wasn't gay in 2013. Last year, he came out with a book in which he fended off those rumors yet again and told Steve Harvey the same while promoting the book.

The former NFL star and sports talk radio host last fall won a default judgment against Caldwell, who didn't bother to show up to court.

Stewart's attorney Antavius Weems, in a press release, when Stewart's son was bullied over the allegations, that was "his breaking point."  "I knew that the ethical standards were gravely being violated," Stewart said in the release. "If you want to write a story about me, contact my team and let's get good, quality and accurate information.  Bad journalism, if that is what you were calling it-will not be tolerated.  And my son and family are off limits.  That will get you sued.  Trust me".

Stewart said he will be filing other actions as well targeting others.

The $3 million is split between $1.5 million for general damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.

Caldwell has not commented about the news on social media.

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