A Jefferson man has filed a lawsuit against six people he alleges defamed him on social media by accusing him of killing Pedals the bipedal bear during the October hunt.
The lawsuit filed in Morris County Superior Court on Dec. 2 by an attorney representing John H. DeFilippo alleges six people defamed and libeled DeFilippo in numerous Facebook posts on Pedals' death as well as comments related to online news articles, including several articles on NJ.com.

DeFilippo's attorney, Wolfgang Robinson, said his client is a hunter but he didn't kill Pedals.

"The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech," Robinson said in a statement. "But not all speech. There is no such thing as a constitutional right to make false statements about others. The defendants that have been named in this lawsuit falsely stated that my client harvested Pedals the Bear. He did not."

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