February 28, 2011
Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short (and The Blind Side, etc.), was sued yesterday for defamation by Wing Chau, an asset manager who was apparently portrayed as one of the main people behind the U.S. financial meltdown.
This has been widely reported, and the complaint is here. I don't know Mr. Chau and have never seen him, but I found the following claim of defamation mildly amusing: Lewis, it seems, portrayed Mr. Chau as "short with a Wall Street belly -- not the bleacher bum's boiler but the discreet, necessary pouch of a squirrel before winter."
Maybe Mr. Chau is a P90X kind of guy, but this one seems kind of senstive. Then again, no one said that about me in a book, either.