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Why Actor James Woods Is Suing a Twitter User for $10 Million

Jul 31, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Actor James Woods has served noticed that he’s not one to go quietly when targeted by Twitter trolls. ABC News reports that the legendary actor, known for roles in many successful movies including “Casino,” “Salvador,” “Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Nixon” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” is suing a Twitter user for at least $10 million, alleging that the anonymous user wrongly accused Woods of being a cocaine addict.

“In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, the ‘White House Down’ actor also accused the user — known as ‘Abe List’ — of invasion of privacy by false light,” the story reports. “Woods, 68, says in the court papers that he is not — and never has been — a cocaine addict, adding that Abe List must pay for the ‘malicious’ online campaign and the resulting damage to the actor’s reputation which caused Woods ‘shame, mortification, hurt feelings, emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation and injury to his peace of mind.'”

The court filing also calls the Twitter user “a cowardly individual.”

ABC News adds: “According to the lawsuit, Abe List … started harassing Woods online in December, calling him ‘clown boy’ and ‘scum,’ among other derogatory terms. It was on July 15 that Abe List tweeted ‘cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting,’ the court papers allege.”

The Twitter account has since been deleted, but Woods has indicated his intent is to go after the individual behind the account.

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  1. I hope Woods wins. It is time that those responsible for all of the unnecessary and cruel harassment on the web are shut down. Maybe some success in this suit will scare a few away.

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