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Elvis & Ex Defamatory "Rendezvous"
Highest Court Fifth Circuit
Year Ended 1980
Plaintiffs Girlfriend of Artist(s)
Individual(s)
Defendants Newspaper Publisher(s)
Other Presley, Elvis
Short Description In an interesting case discussing libel laws and public figures, Anita Wood and Johnny Brewer sued the publishers of "People," when it featured a column insinuated Wood had a sexual encounter with Elvis Presley in 1972. Wood had once been a popular singer who had an earlier fling with Presley, and Brewer was her husband, a former Ole Miss football star. The article said Wood and Brewer were divorced, which was untrue. A jury initially found in their favor for over $800,000, but the appellate court reconsidered and held the First Amendment barred recovery. Wood, even though less famous now, was still a public figure regarding her connection to Elvis, and no "malice," or knowledge of/reckless disregard for falsity had been proven. Plaintiff had not proved malice with "convincing clarity." - LSW

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law First Amendment Media Protection & Public Interest
Torts Dignitary Torts Defamation & Injurious Falsehood


Opinions Brewer v. Memphis Pub. Co., Inc.
626 F.2d 1238
Fifth Circuit , October 02, 1980 ( No. 77-2254 )


Brewer v. Memphis Pub. Co., Inc.
538 F.2d 699
Fifth Circuit , September 13, 1976 ( No. 75-1073 )


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Related Searches Parties
Girlfriend of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Individual(s) ( Plaintiff )
Newspaper Publisher(s) ( Defendant )
Presley, Elvis ( Other )

Legal Issues
Constitutional Law / First Amendment / Media Protection & Public Interest
Torts / Dignitary Torts / Defamation & Injurious Falsehood

Courts
Fifth Circuit (highest court)


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