Thursday, August 30, 2007
The author of the book "Running With Scissors" and his publisher have settled a defamation lawsuit brought against them by the family with whom the author lived for several years. The Turcotte family of Northampton, Massachusetts, had sued Augusten Burroughs for defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress over the contents of his book. Mr. Burroughs and his publisher St. Martin's Press have now agreed to call the book a "memoir". Other details of the settlement are sealed. The family had contemplated litigation against Sony Pictures over a movie based on the book; that suit was averted in 2006.