Long-time attorney and partner of late entertainment celebrity Anna Nicole Smith, Howard K. Stern, has been told by U.S. court that he can sue an author for defamation but not over gay sex claims because homosexuality is no longer viewed as contemptible. Click here
Stern claimed the book, which was published six months after Smith’s death, contained 19 libelous statements. U.S. District Judge Denny Chin ruled the defamation case could proceed on 11 of the statements.
Chin dismissed Stern’s claims that statements implying he was homosexual were defamatory, although he acknowledged that gays and lesbians still suffered prejudice.
I highlight this case because this is probably the first of its kind. For latest news, click here.