Melis Alphan penned a news article based on Mehmet Ali Hatemi’s accusations against his mother, lawyer Kezban Hatemi. Upon Kezban Hatemi’s criticism she shared a post saying “This woman is a liar. She can sue me for calling her a liar now”.
A criminal case was filed against Alphan for allegedly insulting Kezban Hatemi.
On 15 April 2017, Istanbul Assize Court decided on the acquittal of Alphan.