Public Figure Crisis
Defamation, harassment, and privacy issues unique to those in the spotlight
- Nobody should be afraid to go to a restaurant or grocery store for fear of getting attacked by the paparazzi. Just because you sing well, look good, act on stage, own companies, or win at the ballot box, it doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to privacy. Privacy invasions and defamation are harder to prove in court for public figures, and yet, those in the public eye are the ones most likely to have their privacy invaded and their name slandered. We’ve represented business leaders and well-known actors dealing with online abuse and harassment, including attacks by vindictive exes and obsessive superfans. We consulted on a case relating to the threatened release and nonconsensual publication of a famous icon’s sex tape and provided commentary to various media outlets when, in August 2014, sexual images of over 100 celebrities were released without their consent.