Sunday, January 22, 2006

Slander, Libel, and Paris Hilton; Fun Deposition Excerpts

Julie Hilden, who practiced law at my old firm (prior to my time there), has a nice overview of defamation law in the context of the current suit brought against Paris Hilton by one Zeta Graff (identified in an IMDB news story  as (take a deep breath) "the ex-girlfriend of Hilton's former boyfriend Paris Latsis") for allegedly planting inaccurate stories in the New York Post.

For more fun -- and hey, this can be part 2 of my documents series -- TMZ, which is apparently part of AOL, has obtained Hilton's deposition from the case, and -- I'm shocked, shocked! -- she's apparently not very smart.  The actual deposition is available (part 1 and part 2 [both PDFs]), as is this exhibit [PDF].  Some fun bits, making me wish I had enough time to get to defamation in Torts:

Funniest moment I've seen in a depo in a long time (put out of order because I like it so much):

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And a nice opening:

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Discussing the start of her interaction with Graff:

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And describing her conversation with Graff:

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Demonstrating her strong grasp of geography:

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A little history on what Hilton had heard about Graff:

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After describing an interaction between the two Parises and Graff at Elton John's post-Oscar party, we learn of the relative difficulty of getting into the Vanity Fair party versus Sir Elton's party:

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Some memory issues:

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Discussing an interaction at an LA Fashion Week event:

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...and the actual interaction they had at that event:

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We learn some utterly unsurprising information about Hilton's musical tastes, and more than perhaps we wanted about the attorney's:

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We develop sympathy for the attorney:

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Hilton describes the incident to her sister:

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After suggesting that Hilton may have sent her publicist an e-mail saying they should lie about their involvement in the story's development, some excitement:

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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2006/01/slander_libel_a.html

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