Samantha Ronson has finally forked over nearly $87,000 to blogger Perez Hilton. Why would she want to give him any of her money? Well she wouldn’t, but a court ordered her to. Perez has written on his website that the cocaine that Lindsay Lohan was found with during her May 2007 car crash was actually Ronson’s. Sick of all the nasty things he’d been saying about her, Ronson decided to file a libel suit against him. While Perez says a lot of mean things about a lot of celebs, he’d made a special project of Ronson.
However a court disagreed, and not only found in Perez’s favor, but also ordered Ronson to pay all of his court costs – which she finally did on Friday.
Samantha Ronson can scratch this lawsuit off her set list.
On Friday, gossip blogger Perez Hilton received a big fat check from Lindsay Lohan’s gal-pal for nearly $87,000 to cover his legal fees from a failed libel lawsuit.
In July 2007, the celebrity DJ sued Perez (aka Mario Lavandeira) for defamation after he reported that she owned the cocaine found in Lilo’s car after a May 2007 crash. A judge threw out the case in January 2008 and ruled that Ronson had to pay for Hilton’s legal fees, which she hadn’t done up until now.
By paying the $86,832, SamRo avoids a court hearing on Monday to discuss how she was going to pay
[From Yahoo News]
It’s hard to say if free speech just got a major boost or if unscrupulous egomaniacs just got to pad their bank accounts a little more. We always walk a fine line between balancing our freedom of speech and libel. While I wasn’t utterly surprised that Perez won, I was a bit shocked that Ronson was considered so at fault that she was ordered to pay his court fees.
I’m assuming this will just mean an escalation of their feud instead of an end to it.
Here’s Lindsay and Samantha in LA on August 21st. Images thanks to Fame.