Menounos Confronts Her Ex-Stylist At An MTV Party About Missing Dolce and Gabbana
Menounos’ defamation woes began in June 2011 at an MTV party in Hollywood. While schmoozing, Maria spotted her ex-stylist, *Alicia*(not real name). Apparently, Menounos and Alicia parted ways awhile back; but at the party, Menounos approached Alicia and loudly declared, “Dolce & Gabbana won’t lend to me anymore because they said you never returned anything!”
[DUN, DUN, DUN!]
Assistant: “You Called Me A Thief! I’m Suing You!”
Outraged over the finger-pointing, the stylist filed a defamation lawsuit.
Menounos tried to shut down the claim by filing an anti-SLAPP motion, but the judge said (I’m paraphrasing here), “Nah ah. Alicia has a right to plead her case because the average person wouldn’t have reason to know or care about [Alicia’s] life.”
Uh Oh. Somebody’s Past Caught Up With Her In The Courtroom
So, off to trial court the two parties went. During discovery, Menounos’ lawyers used the age-old defense for defamation, truth. Confident in its findings, Menounos’ team had unearthed dirt about Alicia involving a grand theft conviction circa 2000 and a past job termination, allegedly linked to theft.
Eventually, the plaintiff settled. Judging from reports, it doesn’t appear that Alicia walked away with anything.
The lesson: truth is a strong defense against defamation. Even if a statement causes you severe embarrassment, it may not be defamatory. Every defamation case is different. It’s best to consult a defamation attorney before deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit. He or she can give you a good idea about your chances of winning.