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02.12.08 112 Comments

Nic Cage is suing Kathleen Turner for libel in London over allegations in her autobiography about his behavior on the set of Peggy Sue Got Married.  Among the allegations:

"Another co-star who left a lot to be desired was Nicolas Cage, who played my boyfriend and husband in Peggy Sue Got Married.  He caused so many problems. He was arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, once for stealing a dog. He’d come across a chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket.”

God forbid she make him sound fun.  But wait, why is he suing in London?

British libel law differs dramatically from US libel law in that in Britain, the burden of proof lies not upon the plaintiff to demonstrate a libel, but upon the defendant to show that what is written is truthful or has "justification". Almost uniquely in British law, there is no need for a plaintiff to actively prove that a defendant is "in the wrong". Nor is there a requirement to prove malice. …Libel cases are still typically pursued mainly by the wealthy. [Source]

Neither of them are British, so how does that work – you just sue someone in whatever country’s easiest now?  In related news, I’m suing Jerry Bruckheimer in Botswana for shrinking my penis with his dreams.  The penalty is death by stoning.  And his chances aren’t looking good because I’ve gone to the trouble of buying a goat for everyone on the jury, which is perfectly legal in Botswana.  You can read about this and more in my upcoming book, "Africa: What the Fuck are They Thinking?"

[Thanks to Watanabex for the tip on the video]

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