The Salt Lake Tribune has asked a judge to reconsider his decision to close court records of a $60 million lawsuit filed by Nu Skin Enterprises founder Sandra Tillotson against her ex-husband, whom she accuses of defamation and extortion.
The day after Tillotson's lawsuit was filed in May, 3rd District Judge L.A. Dever agreed to classify records in the case as private. Tillotson's attorneys argued that leaving the records public would "allow further dissemination of the defamatory statements" the Dutch model and actor Diederik Van Nederveen Meerkerk is accused of making against Tillotson, his ex-wife.
In her lawsuit, Tillotson claims Van Nederveen Meerkerk is publishing a book, Trophy Husband, that defames her, and that he published sections of the book on a website and caused her ouster from the board of Provo-based Nu Skin, one of Utah's largest publicly traded companies. Shortly before Tillotson filed her lawsuit, the price of Nu Skin's shares dropped sharply.