UofL student files complaint in court against Katina Powell and the publisher of "Breaking Cardinal Rules"

10/22/2015 03:12 PM

A University of Louisville student has filed a complaint to request a class action lawsuit against self-described escort Katina Powell and IBJ Book Publishing, LLC.

The student, Kyle Hornback, is seeking compensatory and punitive damages because of limitations she claims are now placed on her degree, ability to repay student loans and ability to find employment after graduation. Hornback is requesting relief following the release and promotion of “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” a book Powell co-authored, which details alleged sexual misconduct within the UofL Basketball program.

The complaint states that Powell and the publisher are in violation of several Kentucky statutes including civil conspiracy, intentional interference with a prospective business advantage and intentional interference with a contract.

The complaint claims the student and the University of Louisville had a contract where the student would receive an education necessary for employment in exchange for tuition. The complaint reads: “The actions of Defendant, Katina Powell were so oppressive, malicious, willful, wanton and outrageous so as to warrant the award of punitive damages.”

The student is asking on the behalf of herself and others like her that Indiana publisher IBJ divert any money obligated to Powell for writing the book and proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Jefferson County Circuit Court’s office instead.

Hornback is represented by Nader George Shunnarah. We spoke to the attorney today. Here is the full interview:

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