A&s;s Banks is facing a $100 million federal lawsuit after it admitted to secretly taking nude photographs of its Texas reporter, Elizabeth Banks, for years while she worked for The Dallas Morning News.
Banks filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the newspaper and a former editor and reporter for the paper.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, alleging the newspaper defamed Banks in a misleading way.
A&am;s representatives declined to comment Friday.
“The bank has acknowledged to the plaintiffs that it was in fact aware of and involved in a long-standing relationship with the newspaper,” the lawsuit said.
Banks was an editor and writer at The Dallas News from 2000 to 2010.
She was fired from the paper in 2013 after it was found to have improperly edited a story about a sex crime victim.
The newspaper reported the story in June, two months after she was found dead in her Dallas home.
The Dallas Observer said she had a history of depression and anxiety and had a drug overdose.
The Texas Tribune said Banks was working on a story on drug use in Texas.
She had a lengthy and intense relationship with a Dallas police officer and his girlfriend, who later committed suicide.
The News said it learned of the relationship from a source.
“It is our understanding that the reporter’s mother was in the process of separating from the officer’s girlfriend when she contacted a reporter, and the paper was alerted by the mother,” the newspaper said in a statement.
“We are pleased that a settlement has been reached in this matter and that no more deaths are occurring at the hands of police officers,” the statement said.
A lawyer for the newspaper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.