Kandi Burruss is fighting back!
An Atlanta judge has approved her countersuit for breach of contract and defamation against former employee Johnne WInston.
via Radar Online:
In court papers obtained from the U.S. District Court for the Northern Division of Georgia, Burruss, 41, filed the counterclaim based on statements Winston made on two episodes of RHOA regarding his former boss stealing his ideas for a restaurant and a play. She claims his statements were made “with actual malice” to harm Burruss and promote his celebrity status.
“Plaintiff opposes the motion on the grounds that Defendants are adding these counterclaims out of bad faith and with a retaliatory motive and that the counterclaims have no reasonable basis in fact or law,” the filling reads. “He also argues that the motion is unduly delayed and that the Defendants have failed to establish good cause under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”
But the court found that Burruss’ counterclaim is not in bad faith and approved the suit.
In a second court filing, Burruss responds to Winston’s amended complaint, where he accused her of being a boss from hell.
“Plaintiff’s claims are baseless, are in direct violation of a contractual agreement and are geared specifically to garner attention for Plaintiff and his own company,” the filing read. “Defendants also note that Plaintiff timed the filing of his claims to coincide with the production and airing of the television show.”
The Bravo star claims Winston’s allegations are “false,” “malicious” and breach a Non-Disclosure Agreement signed by him.
The mother-of-two claims he was “classified, treated and compensated as an independent contractor” when he worked for her. She alleges that between February 2016 and August 2016 Winston made no request for additional payment. She learned that he was unsatisfied with his payment on a RHOA episode.
Burruss is asking for a trial by jury and that the court dismisses his action against the Defendant with prejudice.
Congratulations Johnnie — you played yourself.