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Post by Nama on Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:44 pm

Roy Kronk, the former Orange County meter reader who discovered Caylee Anthony's remains in 2008, is suing the National Enquirer.

The focus of the defamation suit against the tabloid newspaper is a story that ran December 9, 2009, headlined "Meter reader killed Caylee."

In smaller type, the headline also says "Casey Anthony says."

Howard Marks, a Winter Park attorney, filed the suit in Orange County Circuit Court on Kronk's behalf. The suit seeks damages in excess of $15 million.

"We believe the article is obviously false and misleading," Marks said.

The article also included claims that Kronk engaged in "inappropriate behavior with young girls" and "holding women against their will," as well as a statement that "He was probably the one that murdered Caylee or had something to do with it," according to the suit.

The article that spurred the lawsuit is based on interviews with two of Kronk's ex-wives and the daughter of a former girlfriend.

Mike Antonello, general counsel for American Media, publisher of the Enquirer, took issue with the defamation claim.

"You will see we were very neutral in our reporting on this matter," Antonello said in an email.

"We state that Anthony's allegations were not supported by police reports or prior convictions," Antonello added.

In July, Marks filed suit against bounty hunter Leonard Padilla. That suit, also alleging defamation, seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

Kronk found the toddler's remains Dec. 11, 2008, in woods off Suburban Drive, near the Anthony family home.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was tried in Orange County in her daughter's death. She was acquitted July 5 of the most serious charges against her, including first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. She was convicted of four counts of lying to law-enforcement officers.

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Post by Wrapitup on Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:00 am

I am wondering WHY Kronk waited so long to file this suit.

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Post by NiteSpinR on Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:56 am

I'm not surprised that he has filed lawsuits... I bet it just took his attorney a while to figure out just who he'd be able to go after.

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