Digital Dose Wednesday- Kim Kardashian Pairs Kerfuffle!

Kim Kardashian is slamming down on haters and online gossip columns who accuse her of staging her traumatic Paris robbery with a libel lawsuit filed last week.

The reality queen is taking action against Fred Mwangaguhunga, the owner of mediatakeout.com, for libel per se, having published articles since early October 2016 referring to Kim as a “liar and thief.”

All this drama started on the night of October 2nd 2016, when Kim Kardashian was robbed of $11 million in jewelry in her Paris Hotel. Articles on the website claim that she “faked the robbery, lied about the violent assault, and then filed a fraudulent claim with her insurance company.”

Since the Kardashians are known public figures, the threshold requirement for proving a libel suit is that her team must show that the publication printed the alleged false story with “actual malice”, either knowing claims were false or acting with reckless disregard of the truth. Kim’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, points to the fact that the website failed to cite any credible sources and the articles were obviously created in the attempt to cause maximum harm.

Bettler argues that on top of the “ordeal” the Defendants of this case made the situation worse for Kim by publishing these false claims only hours after her assault.For this, the Kim Kardashian seeks general, special, punitive and exemplary damages.

This comes as a good reminder to those of you who use the online landscape to post coverage of online gossip and news to be careful and to always cite your sources!

You can read the full case HERE

Credit: Jessica Wong

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