Jury Decision - A Private Lie?
Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Seinfeld TV Series
"It isn't a lie if you believe it," says George Costanza, the preternaturally scheming character in the Seinfeld series.
Okay. So then, if you know it isn't true, it is a lie, right?
Do you have any legal right to protect a false representation of yourself, if you thought you were paying an entity to keep it a secret?
What if it's a lie that you have nurtured, like an actor's stage name?
Does an actor have a right to privacy to protect a lie that the actor created?
If an entity exposes the actor's self-devised lie, can that entity be at fault for violation of privacy, defamation or libel?
What if the entity had been hired solely for the purpose of promoting the actor and the actor believes she was undermined?
Can the entity be required to promote misinformation?
Can there be damages connected to a conceit that presupposes movie industry age discrimination from revelation of an actual age closeted behind a stage age?
Interesting case-read on...
April 11, 2013
Associated Press and KOMO Staff, KOMOnews.com
Seattle jury rejects claim of actress who sued Movie Database
SEATTLE (AP) - A federal jury in Seattle on Thursday rejected a claim brought by a little-known actress who first lied about how old she was on the popular Internet Movie Database, then sued the company when it published her true age.
Huong Hoang goes by the stage name Junie Hoang and has appeared in such films as "Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver" and "Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors."
Her lawsuit generated a lot of media attention when she filed it - anonymously, at first - in 2011. She said she intended for her case to highlight online privacy as well as age discrimination in Hollywood, and she initially sought $1 million in damages.
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Alan J. Cohen, Ph.D.