GABBY Petito’s family are suing Brian Laundrie’s parents for choosing to dismiss the lawsuit they filed, saying if the evidence wasn’t true it wouldn’t have been told.
Steve Bertolino, who is representing Brian Laundrie’s parents, issued a statement to the media calling the Petito lawsuit “baseless and frivolous”.
“A motion to dismiss Gabby Petito’s parents’ baseless and frivolous lawsuit has been filed in court,” Bertolino said.
“The laundries have exercised their constitutional right to free speech and have relied on an attorney to speak on their behalf. This is not only common practice in our civilized society, but embodies the exercise of fundamental rights under the United States and Florida Constitutions. »
He continued: “Laundries’ rights are inalienable and laundries can never be held liable for the authorized exercise of their legal rights.
“I and my colleagues at Trombley & Hanes, who are representing Chris and Roberta Laundrie in this case, are confident that the constitutional rights of all citizens of this country will be protected by the dismissal of this lawsuit. »
Petito’s parents, Joe Petito and Nichole Schmidt, are suing Laundrie’s parents, claiming the boy’s parents knew of Petito’s murder “on or about” August 28.
Chris and Roberta Laundrie are also accused in the trial of helping their son flee the United States after the murder.
“It is believed, and therefore alleged, that … Brian Laundrie disclosed to his parents, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie, that he murdered Gabrielle Petito,” the lawsuit reads.
“On the same day, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie spoke to attorney Steve Bertolino and sent him an arrest warrant on September 2, 2021.”
The document also alleges that after her death, Laundrie exchanged text messages between her phone and Petito’s “to hide the fact that she passed away”.
Pat Reilly, representing Petito and Schmidt, was asked if there was any evidence to support the claims. He told WFLA, “You’ll have to wait and see.”
“If we hadn’t believed it to be true, we wouldn’t have included her in the complaint,” Reilly added.
The complaint was filed on March 10.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Laundrie texted Schmidt from Petito’s phone on August 30 “to deceive her”. The text claimed that there was no service at Yosemite Park.
The lawsuit further states that there was no contact between the Petitos or the laundries after Brian returned from the road trip on September 1, the Petito family alleges.
However, when the official search for Petito’s remains began, the lawsuit alleges that the Laundrie family refused to comply with law enforcement and that the Petito family did not answer questions or provide information.
Schmidt also claims Roberta Laundrie blocked her phone number as well as her Facebook profile around September 10 WFLA journalist Complaints.
The Petito family also alleges in the lawsuit that Laundrie’s parents planned to help her escape the country.
“While Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt desperately sought information about their daughter, Christopher Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie kept Brian Laundrie’s fate a secret and are believed to have arranged for him to leave the country,” the statement said Legal action.
“Christopher and Roberta Laundrie have exhibited extreme and scandalous behavior which, under the circumstances, constitutes behavior which transgresses all possible bounds of decency and would be considered shocking, cruel and utterly intolerable in a civilized community. »
The Petito family are now seeking at least $100,000 in damages and say they suffered pain and mental anguish.
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