There may come a time when a person is escalating things and viciously trying to defame you. For example, such as the shit-heel I was dealing with yesterday. In a situation like this then you may feel compelled to defend yourself.
Remember, if they are making outlandish accusations and personally attacking you then they’ve already compromised themselves.
Here’s a list of how best to proceed:
I cannot stress enough how extremely important #4 is. Chances are once you’ve refuted, they’ll try to lie more or take whatever you say out-of-context. Trust me, I’ve learned this the hard way…