My question involves defamation in the state of: New York
I had a friend that I vacationed with-she paid for my airfare and I was to pay her back. Upon returning from our trip (which was horrible by the way) she demanded I pay her immediately. I told her I would pay her at the end of the month. After several harassing phone calls I got a facebook alert that someone had posted on my wall...when I read it it was a "friend" of the said "friend". The poster introduced herself as the friend I vacationed with and went on to say that I was in hiding, wasn't going to pay her, I had a history of alcohol use and so one and so forth. She then went on to email my boyfriend from the same person's account and tell him I was bipolar, off medication and a drunk.
I was then served with papers for small claims court-I needed to adjourn the initial hearing and she texted me about 6 times, all sorts of threats to stay out of her town, that she would know if I went in there etc. demanding her money
Do I have any recourse here?