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Verne Troyer Sues TMZ

6/27/2008 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Verne TroyerVerne Troyer has filed a $20 million lawsuit, claiming TMZ violated his rights by publishing and airing portions of his sex tape.

In the suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in downtown L.A., Troyer claims TMZ violated his privacy rights and infringed on his copyright and trademark by running portions of the tape on TMZ TV and TMZ.com. He also alleges TMZ violated his right of publicity and misappropriated his name and likeness.

Troyer says the tape was stolen and ended up in the hands of Kevin Blatt, the guy who distributed "One Night in Paris." Blatt is also named as a defendant.

In addition to damages, Troyer wants an injunction prohibiting further dissemination of the video.

Calls to TMZ were not returned.

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151.

Chief Gary    

THEY SHOULD FIRED
HARVEY LEVIN NOW

2205 days ago
152.

Dee Dee Dee    

Go Mini Me! Now I just have one question, Dude, where's my car???

2205 days ago
153.

TMZhires13yearolds    

Cool! Whether he wins or not, I hope this encourages more celebrities to file their own lawsuits against TMZ. I'd love to see the courts flooded with suits against Mr. "I used to be a lawyer".

2205 days ago
154.

DMLady    

so the powers that be, at TMZ, can sit around and poke fun at celebrities all day and night but when confronted by one you all turn and hide like chickens. big surprise. i hope Vern takes your company for everything it has.
by the way - why is your site so incredibly slow lately? it moves slower than a snail stuck in glue.

2205 days ago
155.

sweet    

OMG!!!!!!!!! What a JOKE! The *retch* "sex tape" has somehow "fallen" into the hands of the dude that put out one night in Paris, and we are supposed to BUY that? You're a SICK person, if you want, for even a MOMENT, to see what it's like what that little f'er gets his groove on! It's bad enough someone aiding IN him getting his groove on, PLEASE LORD, no one wants to WATCH it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vern, L.I.G man ... LET IT GO ... hop back on your rascal, and wait for your next "mini me" opportunity! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

2205 days ago
156.

erica    

mini me is so nasty, but the thing he had sex with is even worse...they should be the ones being sued for blinding everyone with their nastiness

2205 days ago
157.

TMZhires13yearolds    

TMZ........why no story about the lawsuit filed by one of your ex-employees? Joshua Levine, who used to be a pappernazi for TMZ sued Woody Harrelson several years ago for roughing him up, and the Judge threw it out. Now 2 years later, he's trying it again. I'd think you'd be all over this story, trying to garner sympathy for the sap, er....I mean pap.

2205 days ago
158.

red    

why would anyone want to have sex with that ugly little twerp? Also why would you guys even want to watch 20 seconds of it? ewwwww

2205 days ago
159.

mystisol    

Does this mean we can sue him for subjecting us to cruel and unsual punishment...i mean his sex (lmao) tape...can we??? PLEASE???

2205 days ago
160.

princessbell08    

Thats mean,they shouldn't have done that,they are the ones who need money,they dont have anything better to do but expose people and its their personal life not tmz,dam

stupid repoters,

and why be hard on the keyboard?
get a life, ya vern is short,but it doesnt make you soo hot if u out "big" or "crawl" or anything like that,thats soo mean say that to his face,
and another thing?
would you want your sex tape to be put on air? or on national internet or T.V.??
maybe if u are a stupid imbussel,then you would but thats such a big violation, and get a life,stop putting down peopel, if they are shot tall fat skinny anexroic belimic or what ever,ur not cool ur ugly by doing it,and i thinks its great that vern is doing this

WAY TO GO VERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2205 days ago
161.

kiki    

TMZ IS PATHETIC, "CALLS WERE NOT RETURNED" YET U STILL POST IT, UR SICK PEOPLE EXPOSING PEOPLE'S PRIVATE LIVES LIKE THAT!

2205 days ago
162.

Maverick    

That little turd of a human being should be grateful for the millions of dollars in free PR that he has received from TMZ.

In mean really, does anyone think this videotape was actually "leaked".

Verne is just following the same script of all the other media whores who want to get attention. And now this $20 lawsuit is the second day story to keep this alive.

2205 days ago
163.

princessbell08    

Thats mean,they shouldn't have done that,they are the ones who need money,they dont have anything better to do but expose people and its their personal life not tmz,dam

stupid repoters,

and why be hard on the keyboard?
get a life, ya vern is short,but it doesnt make you soo hot if u out "big" or "crawl" or anything like that,thats soo mean say that to his face,
and another thing?
would you want your sex tape to be put on air? or on national internet or T.V.??
maybe if u are a stupid imbussel,then you would but thats such a big violation, and get a life,stop putting down peopel, if they are shot tall fat skinny anexroic belimic or what ever,ur not cool ur ugly by doing it,and i thinks its great that vern is doing this

WAY TO GO VERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2205 days ago
164.

princessbell08    

Thats mean,they shouldn't have done that,they are the ones who need money,they dont have anything better to do but expose people and its their personal life not tmz,dam

stupid repoters,

and why be hard on the keyboard?
get a life, ya vern is short,but it doesnt make you soo hot if u out "big" or "crawl" or anything like that,thats soo mean say that to his face,
and another thing?
would you want your sex tape to be put on air? or on national internet or T.V.??
maybe if u are a stupid imbussel,then you would but thats such a big violation, and get a life,stop putting down peopel, if they are shot tall fat skinny anexroic belimic or what ever,ur not cool ur ugly by doing it,and i thinks its great that vern is doing this...
And why would you say why watch it? and when u actualy do,thats stupid,juss get over it, and leave vern with his own stuff..!!!!!!

WAY TO GO VERN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2205 days ago
165.

Hulk lover    

Someone should file a class-action suit against Troyer for the psycological damage at just the suggestion of him having a sex tape.

2205 days ago
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