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Trump Campaign Sues NYT Over Russia Op-Ed

Essay claimed Trump had deal with Putin to defeat Clinton in 2016

(Newser) - The campaign to reelect President Trump is suing the New York Times for defamation, saying it was responsible for an essay by a former executive editor for the newspaper that claimed the campaign made a deal with Russian officials to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. In the lawsuit filed in... More »

Kesha's Text to Lady Gaga About Katy Perry Just Cost Her

Judge rules 32-year-old singer defamed music producer Dr. Luke by claiming he'd raped Perry

(Newser) - A legal battle that's been raging for six years between Kesha Rose Sebert (aka singer-songwriter Kesha) and music producer Dr. Luke (full name: Lukasz Gottwald) just earned a notch for Gottwald. Kesha, now 32, had filed a 2014 lawsuit against Gottwald, accusing him of verbal abuse and sexual assault,... More »

Hillary Clinton Just Got Sued for $50M for Defamation

Tulsi Gabbard is not having that Russian asset accusation

(Newser) - Remember that time Hillary Clinton called a presidential candidate in her own party a Russian asset , and then everyone had a good chortle and ate scones and jam together ? No? Well, neither does the aforementioned presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, who's now suing Clinton for defamation and $50 million... More »

Judge Won't Halt Trump Accuser's Lawsuit

E. Jean Carroll celebrates as NY judge rejects motion to dismiss

(Newser) - A judge has denied President Trump's motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by writer and accuser E. Jean Carroll. The president's lawyers argued he couldn't be sued in New York because his denial of Carroll's claim that he raped her in a Manhattan department store... More »

Strip-Club Host Hits JLo Company With Staggering Lawsuit

Samantha Barbash makes good on her promise to sue over 'Hustlers'

(Newser) - The woman who inspired Jennifer Lopez's turn in Hustlers is suing the movie's production companies for an eye-popping $40 million, the Wrap reports. Samantha Barbash claims the producers defamed her and disregarded her civil rights. "My client is offended that the defendants used her likeness to make... More »

Social-Media Posts Will Cost Woman $200K

Noelle Halcrow mounted a 'relentless' social-media campaign, judge says

(Newser) - A Vancouver woman owes her ex-boyfriend $200,000 after defaming him with what a judge called a "relentless" and "malicious" social-media campaign, the CBC reports. The ruling went against Noelle Halcrow, who had posted over 85 messages calling ex-boyfriend Brandon Rook a "no-good drunkard" and "down-and-out... More »

Alex Jones, Infowars Hit for $100K Over Sandy Hook

Judge orders conspiracy theorist to pay court costs, legal fees to family of slain Newtown boy Jesse Lewis

(Newser) - Alex Jones and his Infowars website haven't even gone to trial yet regarding a lawsuit brought against him by a Sandy Hook family, but the case has already put him nearly $130,000 in the hole, not counting his own expenses. Per the Daily Beast , in addition to an... More »

Musk Wins Defamation Suit From Cave Explorer

Tesla CEO said 'pedo guy' tweet didn't really mean 'pedophile'

(Newser) - Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him "pedo guy" in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had... More »

Karen McDougal, Who Says She Had Affair With Trump, Sues Fox News

Tucker Carlson defamed her by referring to extortion, lawsuit says

(Newser) - Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was president, filed a defamation suit Thursday against Fox News. McDougal received $150,000 that Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, has said came from him. In December 2018, Fox host Tucker Carlson said... More »

Elon Musk Will Have His Day in Court

Tesla CEO to testify this week in trial tied to 'pedo guy' defamation lawsuit brought by British diver

(Newser) - Elon Musk has made at least a few tweets he probably regrets (or maybe not ), but one in particular will see him in court this week for a defamation trial. In October, a judge rejected Musk's attempts to nix the lawsuit brought against him by British diver Vernon... More »

Meteorologist Fired for Racial Slur Sues City, Mayor

Jeremy Kappell claims defamation from the city of Rochester, NY, and Mayor Lovely Warren

(Newser) - He's already sued the TV station that fired him for uttering a racial slur on the air in January; now a meteorologist has filed a lawsuit against the city of Rochester, NY, and its mayor. Per the Democrat and Chronicle , Jeremy Kappell is suing the city and Mayor Lovely... More »

Tulsi Gabbard's Lawyers to Clinton: Take It Back

They want Clinton to retract her comments about the 2020 candidate

(Newser) - The Tulsi Gabbard-Hillary Clinton beef now includes lawyers. Attorneys for the 2020 hopeful on Monday sent a letter to Clinton demanding that she "immediately" retract her "defamatory" comments on Gabbard; they want a verbal retraction, as well as one posted to Twitter, reports the Hill . The comments in... More »

Alec Baldwin Sues NYC Parking Rage Accuser

He says man's assault claim is 'objectively false'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin has filed a defamation lawsuit against a man who says Baldwin hit him in the face during an argument over a New York City parking space. Baldwin wrote in his lawsuit that contractor Wojciech Cieszkowski's claim that he was violently assaulted by the actor is "objectively... More »

Trump Accuser Files Suit

E. Jean Carroll accuses president of defamation after her assault claim

(Newser) - A woman who accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s is now accusing him of defamation in a new lawsuit. E. Jean Carroll, perhaps best known as an advice columnist, filed the lawsuit Monday, reports the Washington Post . Earlier this year, Carroll published a memoir in which... More »

Judge Rejects Musk's Request to Throw Out 'Pedo Guy' Case

Tesla CEO will face defamation trial in December

(Newser) - A judge has rejected Elon Musk's request to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave diver Musk called "pedo guy" after he called the Tesla CEO's offer to use a mini-sub to help rescue 12 trapped boys and their soccer coach in Thailand a... More »

Conservative Network Wants $10M for MSNBC Host's On-Air Claim

One America News accuses Rachel Maddow of defamation for calling it 'Russian propaganda'

(Newser) - A conservative television network sued Rachel Maddow for more than $10 million on Monday for calling it "paid Russian propaganda." One America News filed the federal defamation suit in San Diego, the AP reports. The small, family-owned network is challenging Fox News for conservative cable and satellite TV... More »

They Could Have Paid Rush $35K. Now He's Getting $1.9M

It's the largest amount awarded to an individual in Australia

(Newser) - Geoffrey Rush won his defamation case last month against an Australian newspaper and journalist, and he just found out how much he'll get for it: $1.9 million. CNN reports $1.35 million of that was handed down Thursday to the 67-year-old Aussie actor by Justice Michael Wigney to... More »

Depp's Latest on Heard: She Pooped in My Bed

Actor firing back at ex-wife, saying she was the 'perpetrator' and he was the 'victim'

(Newser) - The ball was in Johnny Depp's court, and he just hurled it. Following a $50 million defamation lawsuit the 55-year-old actor filed earlier this year against ex-wife Amber Heard, the 33-year-old actress offered her rebuke in the form of an April motion outlining what she says was a litany... More »

Actor Wins Defamation Suit Against Tabloid

Geoffrey Rush sued Australian newspaper over reports of sexual misconduct

(Newser) - Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush won his defamation case on Thursday against an Australian newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he'd been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress, per the AP . The 67-year-old Australian had sued the Daily Telegraph's publisher and journalist over two stories and a poster... More »

Filings Show Cosby Has a Deal on Accusers' Lawsuits

Posts say insurance company settled with women

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has agreed to settle defamation lawsuits filed by seven women after he accused them of lying about sexual misconduct allegations, the Guardian reports. Terms of the settlement, which would require the approval of the judge handling the case, are confidential. The actor and comedian, 81, is in prison... More »

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