Judge Pulls Sex Tapes Off Web Site

Mini-me actor Verne Troyer says private tapes were stolen
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2008 10:59 AM CDT
From left, "The Love Guru" cast members Verne Troyer, Mike Myers, Meagan Good and Romany Malco pose backstage after an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in New York.    (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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(Newser) – Verne Troyer managed to get the sex tape starring him and a former girlfriend out of circulation, at least for a while, last night, after a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order requested by his attorneys. The celebrity Web site TMZ pulled the 25-second snippet of the Austin Powers actor that had been up since Wednesday, and the ruling also blocks any attempt by a porn distributor to take orders for the full 50-minute video.

The judge wrote that Troyer's motion "demonstrated that he will suffer irreparable harm to his reputation" if the tape is distributed. Troyer's lawsuit also seeks $20 million in damages and the return of all copies of the tape. "Mr. Troyer is extremely distraught by the recent exploitation of his private life," Troyer's publicist wrote in a statement released to the AP. Troyer claims the sex tape he made with a former girlfriend, which he never intended to become public, was stolen from his home.