Web sites that allow bloggers to comment on individuals could soon be in hot water after an Australian cover girl won a court battle to unmask an anonymous blogger who called her a “skank” and an “Old Hag” on the internet.
A US Court has ordered Google who ran the offending blog, to name the blogger so that OZ model Liskula Cohen could sue for defamation.
The supreme court judge ruled that she was entitled to the information and ordered Google to turn the information over.
Ms Cohen, is a tall blonde who has in the past modelled for Giorgio Armani and Versace.
“I would have to say the first-place award for ‘Skankiest in NYC’ would have to go to Liskula Gentile Cohen,” the blogger “Anonymous” wrote in one posting. The blog, since removed, ridiculed the former Australian Vogue covergirl as a “40-something” who “may have been hot 10 years ago”, when she was actually 36.
According to the UK Times, Justice Joan Madden rejected the blogger’s claim that the blogs “serve as a modern-day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting”, and should not be treated as factual assertions.
The model was looking forward last night to discovering the identity of the alleged acquaintance who insulted her. “Everybody is waiting to see who this coward is,” Steven Wagner, her lawyer, said.