Six years after the man convicted of raping her began serving a long prison term, a Nashville woman says the lawyer for a local security firm has threatened to sue her unless she pays it $1 million.
The woman has gone to court in the name of Jane Doe, asking a judge to keep Brentwood Patrol Inc. from revealing her identity if it follows through with its threat of litigation. She says the company is trying to recover the proceeds of a settlement it paid her after the 2003 guilty pleas of Loren Janosky on kidnapping and rape charges.
Janosky was working for Brentwood Patrol as a uniformed guard on the night of August 3, 2002 when the rape occurred. He later admitted he had pulled over the woman's car, handcuffed her and taken her to the Sequoia Swim & Tennis Club in Forest Hills, where he raped her.
In her complaint, filed earlier this month in Davidson County Chancery Court and available at this link, the woman says Nashville attorney David Zager sent her a "demand package" on behalf of the company last November. In the envelope she found an unfiled draft lawsuit that named her as defendant, together with statements that accused her of "lying about being raped," she says in her court filing.
Included in the package were "hand-written letters ostensibly bearing the dates from May 4, 2003 to January 7, 2009, purporting to be from Ms. Doe to Mr. Janosky in prison," the woman states. "The demand package implicitly threatens to expose Ms. Doe's identity unless she pays Brentwood Patrol the sum of $1 million."
Doe's legal complaint describes the letters as containing "a series of rambling sexual fantasies interspersed with confessions." It says they contain "terrible spelling" and "improper grammar." Doe describes herself in the document as a graduate of a private high school in Nashville and a four-year college, as well as "a member of a prominent Nashville family that has often been in the news."
The letters, she says, "contain almost no personal information that would allow them to be verified." She insists they are "false and forged." And she says she has "reason to believe that Mr. Janosky and/or his accomplices authored the letters."
The materials sent to the woman are not part of the public case file, but her attorneys — John Belcher, Jordan Keller and Catherine Butcher of Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan — were allowed to file some documents under seal.
Doe asked the court to impose a temporary restraining order forbidding Brentwood Patrol and Zager from naming her in legal papers or otherwise disclosing her identity. She also asks for the right to amend the complaint "to seek additional relief as warranted by future events."
Chancellor Carol McCoy promptly issued the restraining order after Zager told the court his client did not object to it.
As of now, Brentwood Patrol has not filed suit against the woman. Zager issued the following statement to NashvillePost.com yesterday: "We are investigating the factual allegations and circumstances of this matter. Brentwood Patrol Inc. is sensitive to the rights of all parties involved and has no comment at this time."
Janosky has previously claimed in state and federal appeals of his conviction that the woman sent him one letter, in October 2004. In one handwritten filing, he described the letter as being accompanied by "seductive photographs only victim's back turned, but name printed on photo" [sic].
The inmate said in another filing that the victim wrote that "she was sorry for all she put me through, but she [illegible word] to get back at me and after I was convicted she took that advantage to sue the city she was stopped in, but ask for forgiveness and don't bother to try to convince anyone about this letter, no-one will believe me" [sic].
(Doe did sue the City of Forest Hills as well as Brentwood Patrol. Both cases were settled for undisclosed amounts. The outcome of a third lawsuit she filed, against the Sequoia club, is unclear from the public record.)
Janosky's federal habeas corpus appeal was inactive for almost two years, but on March 11 — the same day Doe sued Brentwood Patrol — Federal Public Defender Jude Lenahan filed a document under seal in the case.
Asking the judge to keep the filing sealed, Lenahan wrote that "in this case, the document to be filed under seal contains sensitive and confidential information." The filing does not elaborate on what the document might be.