Professor sues TikTok user over accusations she murdered students

December 27, 2022

A University of Idaho professor is suing a TikTok user who has accused her in dozens of videos of conspiring to murder four students who were found dead last month.

Ashley Guillard has 100,000 TikTok followers, and she ignored two cease and desist letters before the defamation suit was filed.

The accusations against History Professor Rebecca Scofield were reportedly based on Tarot card readings.

There are no suspects in the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; and Xana Kernodle, 20, who police say were killed with a knife or other edged weapon.

Guillard said that Scofield worked with Jack DuCoeur, the ex-boyfriend of Goncalves, to kill the students, but no evidence points to that theory being true.

"Guillard’s false TikToks have damaged Professor Scofield’s reputation," the complaint stated. "They have caused her significant emotional distress. She fears for her life and for the lives of her family members. She has incurred costs, including costs to install a security system and security cameras at her residence. She fears that Guillard’s false statements may motivate someone to cause harm to her or her family members."