Vermillion drops defamation lawsuit

Vermillion drops defamation lawsuit

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Feb 9, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion has dropped her lawsuit against Clark County and her ex-boyfriend, Commissioner Steve Sisolak.

Vermillion was released from the hospital on Tuesday following a suicide attempt late last week.

On Thursday, she filed paperwork with the court voluntarily dismissing her defamation case.

Just one week ago, as Contact 13 sat with Kathleen Vermillion in her living room, she said...

"The libel and the defamation and the invasion of privacy we can prove."

But what a difference a week makes, as she has now withdrawn the very case she was talking about then.

Many speculated the case was a red herring to begin with. It was filed just days after the executive director of Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth--the charity she founded--filed a complaint against her with the Attorney General. She is accused of misappropriating the charity's funds.

"What do you say to the concerns that have been raised that your defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Sisolak was an attempt to deflect attention off of yourself based on the fact that you had been accused of misappropriating the charity's funds?" Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears asked Vermillion last week.

"Not only do I think, I know that that's absolutely, incredibly inappropriate."

She had accused Sisolak of leaking her drug test results--which were positive for methadone--to other county officials. NPHY's board asked her to take the drug test.

Sisolak in turn accused Vermillion and her legal team of using a video interview of her teenage daughter accusing him of inappropriate behavior to try to get $3.9 million dollars from him.

"You know, I went from the frying pan into the fire," Vermillion said.  "And now I have extortion charges filed against me in addition to the allegations."

Those charges aren't going away. Metro is still investigating even though the defamation lawsuit has been withdrawn.

Action News spoke to Steve Sisolak and he said he's glad the case is withdrawn.  He adds, "there was no merit when they filed it, there's no merit to it today, and Metro is proceeding with their investigation of the extortion charges."

The dismissal of the case was done without prejudice- which means Vermillion can come back and re-file it, or another version in the future.