Amanda Bynes Threatens to Sue Us Weekly, Perez Hilton: Does She Have a Case?
Amanda Bynes is threatening a lawsuit. (Splash News)
This photo of Bynes in Times Square ran on several sites. (Splash News)
"I'm suing @usweekly & @perezhilton for continuing to act like I'm doing something wrong by tweeting and walking to photoshoots. F*** you!!!!,” she posted to her Twitter page on Thursday.
Ironically, it’s her Twitter account that’s been prompting a lot of the coverage in the first place. Over the last few months, the 26-year-old has been tweeting out photos of herself with multiple piercings, wacky new looks (including this one she dubbed “pudgy” on Tuesday), and an array of interesting statements, from the bizzare “I want @drake to murder my vagina”(last Thursday) to the oddly benign "Uh oh! Stained my shirt while getting ready...grrrrrrrrrr!" (this week). She has more than 453,000 Twitter followers.
With all eyes on the one-time Nickelodeon darling, celebrity news sites around the web – including Us Weekly – jumped all over a shot of Bynes walking through New York's Times Square on Tuesday wearing a velvet mini-skirt, fur-hooded jacket, and holding a shirt over her head. Perez Hilton, meanwhile interviewed two unnamed psychiatrists about whether or not “we” should be worried about the young star’s mental state.
According to litigation attorney Timothy Gorry, of Beverly Hills law firm Eisner Kahan Gorry Chapman Ross & Jaffe, a suit against these publications would be an uphill battle. “As long as they’re not posting anything knowingly false, the first amendment pretty much protects them. Truth is a defense to any kind of defamation.”
Gorry points out that Us Weekly writing about her Times Square activities and recounting her recent tweets is simply the publication reporting “observable facts.”
A photo Bynes recently tweeted. (Twitter)
Here’s an excerpt from Hilton’s story: "What happens with a lot of these celebrities is that, first of all they are exhausted. Their lives are exhausting. When you are sleep deprived, you get a little crazy. [They may also] self medicate,” one psychiatrist says. "She's been having this strange behavior on and off for approximately a year now. If she sat down on my couch, I would have to sort out the diagnosis from a number of possibilities,” explains the other.