By JIMMY LAWTON
OGDENSBURG -- An Ogdensburg man has filed a legal compliant against the executive vice president of NASCAR and others seeking $17 million in damages for emotional harm and slander.
Andrew Ashley, Ogdensburg, has made several claims at Ogdensburg School Board meetings that NASCAR executive Jim France and Ogdensburg Free Academy Principal Cynthia Tuttle had over stepped boundaries and bypassed his parental authority in regards to his son.
France is the grandfather of Ashley’s son.
Ashley’s son has since graduated, but Ashley filed a legal complaint Monday against France as well as Random R. Burnett, Amy France Helton and John Ashley Jr.
Tuttle is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but her actions are included as part of the complaint.
Ashley claims “that since Nov. 1999 until the present, Defendant Jim France, using his considerable wealth, has consistently and continuously attempted to control, impede and/or disrupt nearly every aspect of the plaintiff’s life.”
According to the court document, France’s attorney Burnett, Amy France Helton and John Ashley Jr. have acted in concert to aid France in “his seemingly unending quest to control, impeded and/or disrupt nearly every aspect of plaintiff’s life.”
One such example included in the suit involves Tuttle. Documents say “Principal Cindy Tuttle, without consent of plaintiff, removed (Ashley) from the school’s email database. Thereafter Principal Cindy Tuttle encouraged and gave ‘permission’ to plaintiff’s son not to return home for three nights.”
Ashley claims Burnett, who he says is an attorney to France, attempted to violate attorney client privilege between Ashley and his own attorney Christopher Nye with regard to a custody dispute involving his son’s mother Amy Helton France.
According to the documents, John Ashley Jr., who is Andrew’s brother, received payment in order to defame Andrew.
Ashley says he had no knowledge of his son’s whereabouts until the following Monday. He says Tuttle’s actions caused his son to miss school.
Ashley claims the defendants are liable for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, tortuous interference with a contractual relationship and slandering his name.
The document was filed Nov. 13 in St. Lawrence County Court.