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Detroit Priest Sues Archdiocese’s Episcopal Vicar For Defamation

A Detroit priest is suing a fellow priest for fabricating a rape charge against him, leading to his suspension and the ruin of his reputation.

On Wednesday, Fr. Eduard Perrone filed a lawsuit alleging defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false light by Msgr. Michael Bugarin, delegate for clergy misconduct for the archdiocese of Detroit, after Bugarin fabricated a sodomy charge against Perrone in July 2019.

“Bugarin made the false rape allegation to members of the Archdiocesan Review Board, the Archbishop and others,” the lawsuit states. “He knew the allegation was not true because John Doe told him repeatedly that he was not raped by Fr. Perrone. He made this statement with deliberate malice, knowing it would harm Fr. Perrone.”

Attorney Chris Kolomjec made clear Fr. Perrone believes he has little choice but to take this action.

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