My question involves defamation in the state of: AZ
I was looking for a photographer and had sent a request for info to several. One replied asking for more info. I replied with a list of questions recommended for each vendor. They replied with their own list insulting our intelligence, looks, financial standing and making several sexual remarks (can be provided if desired.) I replied to try to get a response out of them to see if this was a real email or a joke. They replied saying our questions deserved theirs in response. Police recommended I tell them no more communication or it will be considered harassment, which I did. They responded anyway within 25 or so minutes. A police officer called to instruct them not to make any more contact with me. A couple hours later they texted my phone from a website with telling my fiance and myself to "watch yourself" ... "your not in (home state) anymore." Police officer called again to instruct them not to contact anymore.
We had never met face-to-face, never spoke by phone, and had no previous history.
I asked the police if it was legal to forward the emails to various sites that recommend him, etc, feeling an obligation to warn others. He said yes.
Now a police officer called and said the photographer is talking of suing me civilly for defamation of character.
If I contacted others and said I've received disturbing, obscene email from so-and-so and then forwarded the actual string of emails, is this defamation of character? If all I'm saying is he sent this awful email, and here is the email, this isn't false information, is it?