Category Archives: Defamation

Alec Baldwin Vents on Ellen and Stern Shows After Parking Spot Imbroglio: Did His Assertions in the Interviews Constitute Actionable Defamation?

This was originally posted on the SGR blog.

Alec Baldwin is famous for his stage and screen accomplishments and Trump cameos on SNL- but he is also (like Paris Hilton) “famous for being famous”– because his name is always in the news. And, as a recent case illustrates, Baldwin once again became “newsworthy” because of a defamation suit for statements he made in television interviews about a mid-town Manhattan parking space fracas for which he pled guilty to a low-level offense (a decision in the slander suit coming shortly after his celebrity/actor/yoga instructor/podcaster wife, Hilaria, gave birth to their sixth child in seven+ years).

Wojciech Cieszkowski claimed he was verbally and physically assaulted by the actor Alec Baldwin over a parking space. According to Cieskowski, after he parked his car in a public space on the street, Baldwin approached him, shouted at him, and accused Cieskowski of stealing his parking spot. Cieskowski walked toward the muni-meter, and Baldwin followed Cieskowski and continued to yell at him. When approaching the meter, Baldwin shoved Cieskowski in the chest and then struck Cieskowski in the left jaw.

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Play Ball!!! Ron Darling “Strikes Out” Libel-Proof Lenny Dykstra

This was originally posted on the SGR Blog.

Is it possible for a person’s reputation to be so bad the he is, in effect, “libel-proof” and not at risk of “incremental harm” from allegedly defamatory statements? A recent lawsuit, between two former New York Mets teammates, addressed that question.

Lenny Dykstra, a former Major League Baseball player, sued his former Met’s teammate Ron Darling, and the publishers St. Martin’s Press, LLC and Macmillan Publishing Group LLC, for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, based upon allegedly defamatory statements about him in the Darling’s book.

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The Best Defense Against a Charge of Defamation

Copyright by, and republished with permission of, Habitat Magazine

In these contentious times, politics at all levels – even at the level of co-op and condo board elections – tend to get ugly. Charges and counter-charges circulate with lightning speed. One recent condo board election led to a lawsuit over the truth of charges emailed by one of the candidates. The case turned on the definition of the D-word: defamation.

Sandra Peterson, a unit-owner at Edgemont at Tarrytown Condominium and a former president of the board of managers, was running for election against fellow unit-owner Mary Ellen Maun. During the election process, Maun sent emails to other unit-owners which, Peterson claimed, were false and defamatory and sent with the specific intent to damage Peterson’s good name and reputation in the community.

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