Natalee Holloway's mother has filed a lawsuit against The National Enquirer that claims the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter's 2005 disappearance in Aruba.
According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit filed by Beth Holloway on Wednesday, June 20, claims that the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published false headlines, articles and statements for nearly seven years. The AP report said calls to American Media were not immediately returned.
Holloway's attorney Lin Wood went on to suggest that They keep on doing it. We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. This is a mother who has exercised every effort to make sure her daughter is alive.
The lawsuit against The National Enquirer mentions several articles, including one that claims van der Sloot had a secret hand-drawn map to Holloway's grave. It also says that the magazine knew statements used in stories were false when they were published, according to AP.
Defendants purposely avoided learning the truth by, among other things, failing to attempt to interview many individuals who could confirm or deny the things stated in the headlines, articles, and statements and captured in the photographs, the lawsuit, obtained by AP, said.
Natalee Holloway was 18-years-old when she disappeared during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.
According to reports, the high school student was last seen by her classmates leaving the Aruban bar and night club Carlos'n Charlie's around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
Holloway reportedly left with 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch honors student living in Aruba and attending the Aruba International School, along with his two friends, 21-year-old Deepak Kalpoe and 18-year-old Satish Kalpoe.
Holloway was scheduled to fly home on May 30 but never showed up to the airport as her packed luggage and passport were found in her Holiday Inn room.
While Aruban authorities initiated searches for Holloway throughout the island and surrounding waters, the soon-to-be-high-school graduate's body was never found.
As the investigation continues, Van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance.
Beth Holloway's attorney has said that her client believes van der Sloot is responsible for her daughter's death and that there is overwhelming evidence to prove it.
In 2010 van der Sloot pled guilty in the murder and robbery of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, who died in the Peruvian capital Lima on May 30, 2010, exactly five years after Holloway's disappearance.