The onetime paramour of the Menendez brothers' psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel, sued the Beverly Hills therapist Monday, alleging that he had sued her for libel to harass her.
Judalon Smyth alleged in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that Oziel's lawsuit--brought in 1992 against her, writer Dominick Dunne and Vanity Fair magazine over an October, 1990, article--lacked proper legal grounds. A judge dismissed Oziel's suit in February.
"Factually, he sued her wrongfully," Smyth's attorney, Woodland Hills lawyer Bruce Bunch, said Monday. "And that set up a domino effect of causing a lot of different problems."
Smyth's lawsuit alleges malicious prosecution. It seeks unspecified damages.
Oziel testified for the prosecution at the first trial of brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez, saying they confessed to him that they killed their parents Aug. 20, 1989.