Kyle Hornback thrown back into Powell suit

The Louisville Cardinal News

By Kyeland Jackson —

Kyle Hornback’s suit against Katina Powell was dismissed in May, but a counter-suit seeks to get money from the Miss Kentucky victor.

The lawsuit filed by company attorneys of “Breaking Cardinal Rules” alleges Hornback and other plaintiffs joined the controversy to extort money and gain notoriety.

Hornback originally sued Powell, the author of “Breaking Cardinal Rules,” for alleged damages to the value of her U of L degree. Judge Mitch Perry dismissed the case in May.

“A current or future student could potentially bring a claim against a university for virtually any negative assertion which has a real or imagined impact on that student’s education,” Perry said. He concluded that continuing the case would expand civil liabilities in the state, and formally dismissed it.

Hornback is a University of Louisville junior and the second student to represent the university as Miss Kentucky. Volleyball player Katie George represented U of L in the 2015 pageant.

“Honestly, it still hasn’t hit me. Whenever I think that in a few months I’ll be going to Miss USA, I’m like that’s crazy,” Hornback said in an interview with The Cardinal in February.

Hornback competed, and made it to the semifinals before being knocked out of the competition.

The suit against Hornback names her, Dillion Hornback, Jamie Smith, Rebecca Sommer, Olivia Carrico and the group’s attorney. While the suit Hornback filed against Powell was dismissed, another case by women claiming photographs of them were wrongfully used in the book is ongoing.


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