This just in. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Hart Cole has on Monday Nov 6th dismissed a libel suit brought by Britney Spears accusing Us Weekly magazine of fabricating a story about a sexually explicit video the pop star made together with husband Kevin Federline.
In the suit she and hubby K-Fed filed last year, Spears pointed to Us Weekly's article titled "Brit & Kev: Secret Sex Tape? New parents have a new worry: racy footage from 2004" which appeared in the publication's "HOTstuff" column in October 2005, as "libelous on its face."
Not without reason, but it is all because the related article wrote the celebrity couple had told their lawyers that "a member of their entourage had threatened to release raunchy footage" of them and that Spears feared that "an X-rated tape starring the two may go public." The magazine also reported that Spears and Federline gave a copy of the tape to lawyers and watched it with them.
Claimed such article has maliciously and recklessly portrays (Spears) as acting 'goofy' while watching" the video with their attorneys, the singer thus attempted to seek a $10 million in damages. However, the judge has her own opinion, saying "It is clear that plaintiff did not bring this lawsuit because she was falsely accused of acting goofy. The issue is whether it is defamatory to state that a husband and wife taped themselves engaging in consensual sex." The judge went on to conclude that Spears has "put her modern sexuality squarely, and profitably, before the public eye" in a way that would make it unlikely for the magazine article to be found defamatory. And that's all there is.