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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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Ginger    

OMG . . . . I'm still cracking up . . . . "Calls to TMZ were not returned." Toooooo funny!!!!!!! LOLOLOL

2253 days ago
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marie    

Can anyone say Gross?? Wow isn't it funny he has a new movie coming out and this tape was just stolen? BTW LOVE the calls to TMZ not returned!

2253 days ago
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JD    

People reguardless of what all of you think this is very actionable.Firstly the tape was stolen. secondly TMZ aired footage of the stolen property over the internet. TMZ has commited a criminal act and it should go a lot further then a law suite.
As for those of you who say celebs should stop makeing sex tapes for their own pleasure. You wrong they are people just like us. What if I went into your home took your homemade video and sold to some porn company or TMZ? Wouldnt you be pissed off too?

2253 days ago
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AvaBardot    

ROTFL, #5, you just made my day!

2253 days ago
200.

KiKi    

If these stars don't want to have this out in the public, why do they continue to tape themselves having sex??

2253 days ago
201.

Monster    

Haha. Midget sex. Makes you feel big.

2253 days ago
202.

KiKi    

Can we all say "publicity?" I knew you could...

2253 days ago
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Mad Max    

Hey TMZ how come you guys dont comment on the fact that paris and nichole are both with boy george look alikes they hear that and realize its true they will leave them he he

2253 days ago
204.

BigNutts    

Yea right ... the tapes are always stolen! BS!!!!

2253 days ago
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Cristina    

Guess what guys, THE WHOLE THING IS FAKE! ONE BIG FAT LIE! It's a publicity stunt set up by the producers of his sex tape and tmz so people get hyped up about it. YUCK.

2253 days ago
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jamie    

lmao he a nasty little alien ...lol

2253 days ago
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JayP    

I wanna see the tape!

2253 days ago
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martinistopswithus    

yeah, right verne....the tape was "stolen". something like tommylee and pamela's sado story. i sense another attempt at a d-list celebrity show for troyer?

2253 days ago
209.

tori    

He looks like an evil martian. I am scared.

2253 days ago
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Twinker    

This lawsuit will se just as much light of day as Larry Birkhead's "suit" against Rita Crosby.

2253 days ago
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