Law

How to Libel a Porn Star

A reader might think that a photo of Danni Ashe implies the article is about Danni Ashe. That's too low a bar for libel.

We chose this photo of Danni Ashe very carefully.

Photographer: Dan Callister/Online USA

You can libel a porn star with a photo, according to a federal appeals court, which has allowed a libel suit by internet pornography pioneer Danni Ashe to go forward. That decision in her case -- against an online tabloid that published an article about another porn actress who tested HIV-positive and illustrated it with an unrelated photograph of Ashe -- has important First Amendment implications.

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