An additional nine women are seeking to join a Douglas County civil suit against a town of Wascott man for misleading pictures and comments he allegedly posted on FetLife, a social media website for people with unconventional sexual practices. The civil suit against Jay E. Link was filed July 15, 2019 in Douglas County Circuit Court by seven women.
According to the 25-page complaint, photos of the women were posted to the site by a user with the profile name "Sexsafari,” who the complaint identifies as Link. All but one of the women were identified in the caption as “sluts” who had engaged in sex with him. Sexsafari claimed to have trained some of the women and bred one. The women's first names or nicknames were used and their faces were visible.
The women are claiming Link’s actions amount to invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and defamation. They are also seeking punitive damages.
The motion to add nine women as plaintiffs was filed Wednesday, July 29 with the Douglas County Clerk of Courts, and a motion hearing was set for Aug. 19 before Bayfield County Judge John Anderson. According to the motion, some of the new plaintiffs allege pictures of them were posted on FetLife in various states of undress or engaged in sexual activity in addition to degrading comments.
A second civil suit was filed against Link in Douglas County Circuit Court Oct. 3, 2019, for alleged posts on FetLife involving one plaintiff.
On July 8, Washburn County Judge Angeline Winton granted a motion for summary judgment in that case removing liability from Midwest Family Mutual Insurance Company. The insurance company’s policies do not cover intentional acts, the judge found, and Link failed to cooperate with the company’s written discovery requests; instead he asserted his Fifth Amendment rights.
Link is appealing the judgment to the District 3 Court of Appeals.