An Ottawa restaurateur was found guilty yesterday of defamatory libel after she created a phony sex site profile for a patron who wrote a negative review of her restaurant.
Marisol Simoes, co-owner of two dining establishments in the city's ByWard Market district, also impersonated customer Elayna Katz in a raunchy email sent to Katz's superiors at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
"I am open to anything — couples, threesomes and group sex," Simoes wrote in the email, which she signed in Katz's name. "Am especially into transsexuals and transgenders (being one myself ). I am ... a tiger in the bedroom."
She used the same language in the profile she set up for Katz in the "men seeking men" section of an unnamed adult website.
Katz says the harassment started after she had a negative experience at Simoes' Mambo restaurant, and took to an online review site to say as much after trying to contact Simoes directly several times to inform her of the slow and rude service.
Katz noted that, after she posted her review, other "reviews" suddenly appeared asserting she was "crazy" and containing her full name and address.
"When you're in the business of owning a restaurant and serving the public, people have a right to express their opinions," said Katz following the trial's conclusion.
Sentencing will take place on November 8th.
[screengrab via Mambo]