In The New York Times, David Streitfeld chronicles this development. He features the accusations, followed by the legal entanglements of Melanie Kohler.
Celebrities seem to have no fear of being involved with defamation litigation. Quickly, when the Daily Mail and blogger posted on a rumor about Melania Trump's past, she hired lawyer Charles Harder. He won the amazing jury verdict for the plaintiff in "Hogan v. Gawker." Both the Daily Mail and the blogger caved.
But the rest of us bend over backwards to position and package our public statements so not to ever be legally interpreted as defamation. And, when the content is perceived as on the border or actually in the box, we tend to take it down.
For example, I posted on this blog that a U.K. law firm could be heading toward a "Dewey & LeBoeuf." That is, because of over-expansion and how that was funded, they could be dancing on the rim of insolvency. A long, detailed email arrived. It requested changes in the headline and the wording in some paragraphs.
I took the post down. I sent an email "deleted." Of course, the law firm sent me back a long, detailed email explaining that is not what they requested.
I smirked. But I wasn't pulled into a defamation lawsuit.
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