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Womack v. Eldridge
Citation:215 Va. 338, 210 S.E.2d 145 (1974)
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Rosalie Eldridge (Defendant) was an investigator for an attorney who was representing Robert Seifert, a man accused of molesting two young boys. By lying about her profession, she obtained a photograph of Danny Lee Womack (Plaintiff), who worked at the same place as Seifert. The Plaintiff’s photo was subsequently shown to the boys, who said the Plaintiff was not the man who had molested them. The photo and Plaintiff’s information was nonetheless given to the prosecutor, and the Plaintiff was questioned several times and summoned to appear as a witness throughout the continuance of Seifert’s case. Plaintiff suffered severe emotional distress and sued the Defendant for intentional infliction of emotional distress, arguing that her conduct in taking his photo and sharing his information was outrageous and extreme.
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