Supermodel demands Google release the name of secret blogger

Samantha Fredrickson | Libel | Quicklink | January 6, 2009

A supermodel has demanded that Google release the identity of a blogger who called her a "skank" and an "old hag", reports the New York Daily News.

Liskula Cohen filed the defamation suit in a New York state court, and asked the judge to issue a court order requiring Google to identify the person she says defamed her on a blog operated by its service.

The Vogue cover model complains that the unidentified blogger called her the “#1 skanky superstar” and referred to her as a “forty-something” who “may have been hot 10 years ago,” according to the Daily News.

Cohen’s case is one of several recent defamation lawsuits in which the plaintiffs have gone after the identities of anonymous bloggers to bolster their cases. Although there is no uniform standard, courts usually apply a test that generally requires the plaintiff to first prove that the blogger’s remarks are defamatory. In several such instances recently, bloggers have succeeded in keeping their names secret.