A judge has denied an aspiring model's request to keep her identity hidden in her sexual battery suit against basketball star Jason Kidd. The woman's desire to avoid "embarrassment" is a "plainly insufficient" ground for invoking New York Civil Rights Law 50-b, the judge held. Using fictitious names "runs afoul" of the public's right of access to judicial proceedings, and anonymity should be restricted to situations where a plaintiff faces a "risk of retaliatory physical or mental harm," the judge said.
Accuser in Jason Kidd Sexual Battery Case Loses Her Bid for Anonymity
New York Law Journal
February 29, 2008