Well, well, well, what do we have here! Notorious gossip-conglomerate TMZ was slapped with an online libel lawsuit. A TV bachelor is on the warpath, and he’s looking for a cool $20 million. Why? The Bachelor is convinced everyone will forever remember him as “the paint thinner guy.”
The litigious reality-celeb is Kasey Kahl – Season 6 “The Bachelorette” contestant who later went on to “Bachelor Pad” fame. On August 12, 2012, Kahl was arrested on 2 counts of felony assault, 1 count of felony battery and 1 count of public intoxication. The celebrity obsessed minions over at Harvey Levin’s media shop, with their finely tuned smut sensors, jumped on the story with the speed of Usain Bolt.
Unfortunately for TMZ, their mole gave them some bum information. The media outlet reported that Kahl was high on toluene – a drug-like ingredient in paint thinner. Later on, the gossip site admitted their mistake and recanted their statements. But Kahl, apparently, is not satisfied with the retractions.
Kahl is so convinced of the power and influence of TMZ that he filed a lawsuit claiming their report will cause Kahl to be remembered in the annals of history as the “paint thinner guy.” Kahl also has a healthy opinion of how much this alleged defamation is worth — $20 million for libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Since Kahl is a “celebrity” (the courts don’t differentiate between real thespians and reality fame-seekers), in order for him to win this defamation lawsuit, he’ll have to prove actual malice.
The Khal case will most likely settle out of court, but you never know. If it does, there’s a good chance Kahl will be getting a lot less than $20 million.
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