An actor who has been nominated five times for Academy Awards has prevailed in a lawsuit against a French tabloid. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Thr, Esq., Leonardo DiCaprio won his case against the magazine Oops!
DiCaprio reportedly received a court order requiring that the publication run an item condemning a story in which it alleged that DiCaprio got Rihanna pregnant and then did not want the baby. The ruling also gave DiCaprio damages of 8,000 euros.
“The ruling was not based on a defamation claim per se, but rather an amalgam of defamation and privacy where the truth or falsity of the story wasn’t essential to the court’s verdict,” the THR story reports.
THR adds: “The judge’s opinion is only available in French at the moment, but according to a rough English translation, ‘the particularly intimate nature of such revelation’ — DiCaprio’s supposed attitude toward a pregnant Rihanna — and the ‘absence of any evidence to accredit … the accuracy of the facts alleged’ combined with ‘the interference with privacy’ means that Oops! can’t defend its article as ‘legitimate public information.'”
The report notes that U.S. courts do not recognize the legal principle of “false privacy” used in the case.
DiCaprio, a two-time Golden Globe winner — for “The Aviator” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” — has yet to win an Oscar but has been nominated five times, most recently receiving two nominations as an actor and producer on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” His previous nods are for “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” “The Aviator” and “Blood Diamond.”