Hollywood Docket: Can a Defamation Allegation Itself Be Defamatory?

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Hollywood Docket: Can a Defamation Allegation Itself Be Defamatory?

Wed Oct 15, 2008 @ 12:06PM PST

Case: Roy Den Hollander v. James Joseph Norton (New York Supreme), filed Oct. 8

Claims: Defamation

Allegations: The plaintiff is a New York-based attorney. The defendant was a guest host on the "Opie & Anthony" radio show. Hollander claims that on the August 20 show, Norton expressed malice towards those who favor affirmative action. Norton allegedly singled out Hollander in particular, throwing personal insults ("dishonest," "phony," "stupid lawyer," "fag"), reading out lout some listener e-mail, and mocking Hollander's MySpace page. In the complaint, Hollander returns the favor, saying Norton is a "small-time comedian who uses cursing, yelling, bigotry, and high-school boys-room humor to entertain immature and insecure audiences..." Hollander holds nothing back in his characterization of Norton.

Filing attorney: pro se

Read the complaint here.

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