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Lawsuit Claims Ledger Done in By Coke Predators

4/11/2008 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has just obtained a copy of the bizarre lawsuit that was filed minutes ago in L.A. County Superior Court, alleging that Heath Ledger was set up by two photographers who allegedly fueled him with cocaine and secretly videotaped it for profit.

The suit was filed by a woman who called herself Jane Doe. At the time of the incident -- the 2006 SAG party at the Chateau Marmont hotel -- she was a freelance reporter for People magazine. Doe, who had booked a room at the Chateau, was dating Darren Banks, a photog. Banks and a photog friend met up with Heath on the outside patio and "shared a smoke." That's when the alleged trickery began.

According to the suit, Banks convinced Doe to allow all of them -- including Heath -- to go to her room. Ledger had no idea Banks and his bud (Eric Munn, also a photog) worked for Splash News, a prominent photo agency, also a defendant.

The suit claims "Munn gave Ledger a package of cocaine. Mr. Ledger also had some of his own. The cocaine was put on the table, and the men began snorting cocaine. Plaintiff did not snort any cocaine at all that night..."

The suit claims Munn left the room, but what Ledger and Doe didn't know was that he was "outside of our hotel room, on the balcony, hidden, shooting video footage of everyone in the room ..."

Allegedly Ledger eventually saw the camera and became irate. The suit claims he was promised the tape would be destroyed, but it was reportedly sold to "Entertainment Tonight" for $200,000. The tape was promoted, but never aired.

Doe is asking for unspecified damages for fraud, intrusion, infliction of emotional distress, and privacy violations.

A rep for Ledger says the tape never shows the actor actually doing coke.
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Drewinator    

Its called SPELL-CHECK look into it.

2331 days ago
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Colo.Girl    

Let the man rest in peace already.

2331 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

LEAVE HIM ALONE ALREADY.. I LIKE HOW EVERYONE IS TRYING TO GET A PEICE OF HIM NOW... LET HIM REST IN PEACE!

2331 days ago
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Tyra Banks    

For God's sake, he is DEAD. What does it matter now? Christ.

2331 days ago
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Correction Queen    

WTF - so many errors in this one. Tryna bang it out guys? Munn isn't seeking damages its Doe, and theres some extra random words among other things. Aren't you journalists, or are you trying to be journalists?

2331 days ago
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grammarnazi    

Munn is asking for unspecified damages for fraud, intrusion,
infliction of emotional distress, and privacy violations. She claims
the tape has her voice on it and makes it appear as if she did coke.

Jane Doe, not Munn, is asking for these damages. Proofreading. It
does a body good. Hire me and I'll help. Believe me, you're that desperate.

2331 days ago
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Holly    

wow - only in Hollywood. Can you imagine me filing a lawsuit because someone saw ME snorting coke....or talking about it? Like, when did drugs become legal. The man is dead. What he DID was father a child. Lets get past the things he shouldn't have done. They don't matter now.

2331 days ago
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Jackiemichele    

will this man ever rest in peace...

2331 days ago
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Crystal    

I don't understand why people won't leave this alone!!! Oh, wait, I know now. It's because nothing else REALLY BIG has happend since. I love the way that Hollywood uses the whole "In and Out" scenario.......once something else big happens, this will go away. (Example: We didn't stop hearing about Anna Nicole Smith everyday until this happend.) Get a life guys!

2331 days ago
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Yaya    

They're all guilty of being human garbage.

2331 days ago
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Hahahaha    

Please don't ever call TMZ journalists again. They are the farthest thing from journalists.

2331 days ago
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teach    

It's called an apostrophe. Look into it.

2331 days ago
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heyyou    

Hollywood is evil ,i agree with what someone already said, let him R.I.P.

2331 days ago
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HAHAHAHA    

You guys are stupid, Munn is the other photographer, not Jane doe. The players were Heath, Munn, Banks, and Jane Doe. Jane Doe is Suing Munn and Banks for "unspecified damages for fraud, intrusion, infliction of emotional distress, and privacy violations". F@#$ Learning how to spell, Learn how to read you illiterate F@#$s...............

2331 days ago
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bvak    

The bitch should have thought about all of this before she took part in the distortion - screw her... at least now we know that Ledger was duped, and that's just not cool... it is hard enough to stay off dadope without having someone bait you into it... SLIMEBALLS.... NO BETTER THAN PAPPIS... WORSE IN MY BOOK... At least Pappis come at you head on and in your face... these guys were laying for Ledger... they need to be drawn and quartered (AH, the good old days)

2331 days ago
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