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Celebrities Who Sued People For Talking About Them  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules All celebrities on this list have sued people for defamation - either slander or libel.

In this day and age, with phone records, endless email chains, and people who save three gigs worth of text messages, if you’re going to say something mean about a celebrity, it better be true. Celebrity lawsuits aren’t anything new, but they seem to have been happening more frequently in the last 20 years. The most prevalent cases happen when a celebrity feels like they’ve been slandered – be it by the press, by another celebrity, or just some guy on Twitter. Slander is serious business: If enough people believe a lie about you it can be perceived as real and in the entertainment biz, perception is reality. Here’s a list of celebrities who were slandered, and celebrities who sued.

A lot of the famous lawsuits on this list involve a star suing a paper for insisting that they’re too fat, or too skinny, or an alien or whatever, but some of the most interesting cases involve celebrities not wanting to be perceived as something they view as harmful to their career. James Woods didn't want to be seen as a drug addict; Jim Carrey didn't want to be seen as gropey; and Bret Michaels really could have been seen in two different performances at the same time. The celebrity slander cases on this list are mostly over with, but some are still pending so keep your eye on the news. You never know when a $500 million ruling is going to come down.

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Sued People For Talking About Them
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After Univision cut ties with Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Organization over his offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants, he fired back at them with a breach of contract and defamation complaint believed to be worth over $500 million.

The sides settled in February 2016, but the details of the agreement weren't disclosed.

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, Real estate entrepreneur, + more

Children: Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, Barron Trump

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Cameron Diaz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Sued People For Talking About Them
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In 2005, Cameron Diaz sued News Group Newspapers after their paper The Sun ran a story claiming that she was seen out kissing some hunk while she was dating Justin Timberlake. Well, it turned out that the hunk was an MTV VJ buddy of hers

News Group Newspapers agreed to pay undisclosed damages to the actress and reimburse her legal costs.

Age: 46

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

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Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Sued People For Talking About Them
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A story alleging that Russell Brand had cheated on his girlfriend in November 2013 brought the comedian and English paper The Sun to court in early 2014. The paper's publisher (Newsgroup) apologized and agreed to pay Brand's legal fees and damages, believed to have been at least five figures.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Grays, United Kingdom

Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more

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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Sued People For Talking About Them
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When the British paper the Daily Mail posted a photo of Keira Knightley in an article about anorexia, the actress sued the paper for £3,000 and donated her winnings to eating disorder charity Beat.

Age: 33

Birthplace: Teddington, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

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