The New York City woman vilified for suing her 12-year-old nephew over a broken wrist she suffered when he jumped in her arms to greet her four years ago said Thursday she was "never comfortable" with the lawsuit.
Jennifer Connell appeared on NBC's "Today" show along with her nephew, Sean Tarala. She said she wanted her nephew's parents' homeowners insurance to pay her medical bills, but under Connecticut law she could only sue an individual.
"An individual has to be named, and in this case, because Sean and I had this fall together, I was informed that Sean had to be named. I was never comfortable with that," Connell said.
But, she did it any way.....
A jury this week rejected Connell's $127,000 suit.
Connell said she broke her wrist when the boy jumped into her arms at his 8th-birthday party at his family's home in Westport, Connecticut, causing her to fall. Her attorneys say she filed suit after her nephew's parents' insurance company offered her $1 over the accident.
Connell and Sean sat side by side and said they loved each other.
"She would never do anything to hurt the family or myself," Sean said.
Connell said she was shocked by the backlash, which included her vilification on social media as a terrible aunt, the most hated woman in America and an awful human being.
"It was amazing how I walked into court that morning and walked out all over social media. It just spun and spun, and suddenly I was getting calls, 'Don't look at the Internet. Don't turn on the television,'" she said.
Sean defended his aunt, saying: "Everybody was saying stuff that they didn't know.
Police in West Virginis say a woman accused of drunken driving and hitting six vehicles initially identified herself to an officer as "Hell on Wheels."
I wonder if she's related to "Hell on Toast" from Brooklyn.
According to reports 38-year-old Amanda Dolores Alleman of Clarksburg was arrested Friday on numerous charges. Among them are aggravated driving while under the influence, striking an unattended vehicle and having no insurance.
Wow, what a surprise!
Police say Alleman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent when she struck six parked vehicles on two different streets.
Alleman was being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $14,000 bond. The jail said they don't have a record of having an attorney yet.
Ronny Scott Hicks has two prior DUI convictions, but his arrest on Monday night was slightly more memorable.
The 54-year-old Florida wolf man was arrested Monday night after police in Palm Bay got reports of a man in a motorizedwheelchair blocking traffic, according to ClickOrlando.com.
Hicks has two previous DUI convictions neither while driving a wheelchair, according to officials.
When officers arrived on the scene, they allegedly saw Hicks sitting in his wheelchair blocking traffic. Officers said that he smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words, according to WBRZ.com.
Hicks allegedly refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to WTSP.com. He was taken into custody, refused treatment for an open wound, and remains behind bars at the Brevard County Jail on $5,000 bond.