Liz Crokin had it all—brains, beauty, and a glamorous career as a Hollywood reporter.
She covered celebrities all over the world for various outlets such as Us Weekly, Star magazine, the RedEye Edition of the Chicago Tribune and In Touch Weekly.
In 2012, she met Mallory Hill, a handsome, wealthy California businessman—a whirlwind romance began and before long, Liz was certain that Mallory was the one.
Then, out of the blue, Liz mysteriously fell ill. Her temperature soared, she couldn’t get out of bed, and she ached everywhere. Desperate, she checked herself into the hospital.
Doctors were baffled, and while trying to work out a diagnosis, interviewed Crokin and Hill about their sexual histories. Hill adamantly insisted that he had been tested and was not infected with any sexually transmitted diseases.
Only, Crokin says that he was lying—as, allegedly, he had so many times before, with so many other women. Hill purportedly had herpes, and he had infected Liz.
Hill’s alleged misrepresentations delayed an accurate diagnosis of Crokin’s condition, which left undiagnosed and untreated for months, eventually caused herpes meningitis, an extremely serious condition. The infection became potentially fatal when it progressed to meningoencephalitis, a viral infection of the brain itself.
As Popdust previously reported, in 2014, Crokin launched a landmark lawsuit against Hill for infecting her with the virus and enlisted the services of superstar attorney Shaun Murphy, an attorney at Slovak Baron & Empey in Palm Springs, California.
In 2011, Murphy won a $6.7 million jury verdict for a client whose ex-boyfriend intentionally and negligently infected her with herpes.
His first sex tort client was awarded $2.49 million after being infected by her husband.
Following news of Crokin’s lawsuit, slowly and surely, other alleged victims of Hill’s came forward to tell their story.
One potential bombshell witness was Hill’s ex wife, Betsy Hedreen Hill, who—Crokin claims—initially confirmed that her now ex-husband has herpes and that he infected her over 15-years ago, before going on to infect his mistress.
Crokin says that Betsy told her, and her attorney, that Hill confessed to her he was infected with herpes only after she discovered a prescription for him to treat the STD.
“We subpoenaed my ex's ex-wife and gave her a deposition time and date,” Crokin tells Popdust, but, she alleges, Betsy soon had a sudden and mysterious change of heart.
“When the ex-wife got served, she called my lawyer and left several frantic messages on his voicemail vowing to not testify to what she previously told us, claiming she didn't know anything about him having herpes, and that if we made her testify she would go to police and accuse me of attempting to harm her children,” Crokin alleges, going on to claim, “We have all these voicemails. My ex has gotten to her and she doesn't want certain family secrets getting out and that is why she does not want to cooperate.”
And that’s not all.
“Last week my lawyer deposed one of the several women who contacted us after my lawsuit went public last year,” Crokin says. “One woman had claimed that she used to have threesomes with my ex and prostitutes, and in effect, my ex got chlamydia so bad that he had ‘elephantitus balls’, according to her. She said that she’s known for years he has herpes and that she knows other women he’s infected.
“Initially, she wanted to help with my case, but long story short, a credible person tipped us off that my ex has convinced her to help him, and not to tell the truth,” Crokin alleges. “This tipster said that my ex and his lawyer had the woman go into his lawyer's office and they actually coached her on what to wear and exactly what to say during the deposition!”
According to Crokin, the woman ended up admitting to all of this during the deposition, and Crokin’s attorney allegedly caught her in several other miss-truths as well. Unfortunately, according to Crokin, the woman is now not viewed as being a credible witness and her testimony cannot be used at trial.
“It’s frustrating that other people who can help are backing out now,” Crokin says. “As a victim I feel an obligation to warn other women, but at the end of the day we have facts and evidence on our side and I’m very confident that we’ll win.”
“After months of deceit, I did eventually get my ex to admit he has both herpes 1 and 2 over an e-mail and in a tape recorded conversation,” Crokin claims. “He also goes into detail during one phone conversation about how he infected his ex-wife with herpes as well.”
“We’re hoping for a 2016 trial,” Murphy tells Popdust. “It’s been slow in large part because of the defendant’s refusal to cooperate.”
“My ex has not turned over his financial information which our judge has court ordered,” Crokin alleges. “He has missed every deadline.”
“So right now we are going through the sanction process. Since he's not turning over court ordered documents this will lead to court fines and/or possibly jail,” she goes on to claim. “Also, he is attempting to liquidate his assets. He has five million dollar plus homes. His Michigan home is currently on the market.”
Meanwhile, Murphy remains undaunted.
“The success of the case is not contingent on other people’s testimony,” he tells Popdust. “We have the truth and facts on our side.”
In the meantime, Crokin has penned Malice, a sensational bestselling novel based on her horrifying ordeal.
On July 25, Liz accepted an award for Best Fiction in the wild card category at the Hollywood Book Festival.