My question involves defamation in the state of: NJ
There are a bunch of kids in the neighborhood that play together.
There is one child that lives in a very unstable home environment.
The gossip I heard from other neighbors was bad and I was told that the family has had protective services visit them in the past.
The parents are scary, both felons, so it's best just to smile and wave.
Fast forward, someone called on the child and protective services came out.
The mother went from neighbor to neighbor crazy crazy asking if "you made the call"
When she came to my house, scared the heck out me, she said "JANE" said that I was the one that called. Excuse me? I'm friends with Jane.
After calming the mother down, and telling her that I didn't call, I walked to Jane's house.
She admitted that she did tell the mom that I called, and If I ever called on her I would be "hurt".
Yea, this was a "friend"
It turns out that JANE and the mom have butt heads in the past, and for some reason, she decided to throw me under the bus.
I sent her an email and told her not to slander me to anyone in the neighborhood about this false claim.
And for the record, I didn't call, and I think JANE did, and is freaking out and picked me as her scapegoat.
Do I have any recourse if she continues to tell all the neighbors?