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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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91.

Fah-Q    

Combined with last weekends pap smackdown.This is another smack to the face of tri-pod swingin, disgusting lazy humans who for some odd reason say they are from TMZ. Like thats something to be proud of? I believe this suit is B.S but its a trend that TMZ and other PAP employers will have to deal with in the near future. Harv wont be enough to defeat the The Suits that will be filed in the future.Unity, isnt a quality amongst paps!!!

2255 days ago
92.

nessa    

awww...mini-me sucks! if he didnt want his pecker being famous he shouldnt have filmed it...GO TEAM TMZ!!

2255 days ago
93.

raheel    

the last line's a killer.:P

2255 days ago
94.

sunshine    

How can a sex tape be stolen? I just don't get it. It isn't something I'd want to see.

2255 days ago
95.

BOEING 787    

At $20 million this is an absolutely frivolous lawsuit, what will he do with $20 mill, forty
Rolls Royce's and a Eclipse 500 business jet custom made for him. Verne Troyer's fall is not the sex tape, it's his super mega lawsuit against an organization that does not have that
kind of money... err make that an Eclipse 400, you have to wait for that one.

2255 days ago
96.

Cartman    

Look at the little guy with his shiny thumb ring. Hey wait a second, my toe ring is missing! That thieving little bastard! LOL





2255 days ago
97.

toodeep    

TMZ never return my calls either!

2254 days ago
98.

RONNIE    

I hope Troyer get's all the TMZ money! I am thinking about suing TMZ for making me sick

2254 days ago
99.

Shirlaine D.    

Ah Ah Ah! Hypocritical!

He Could'nt Have A Better Publicity For His Horror Tape Than By TMZ.

I didn't Know what was "Mini Me" Name Before This Degusting New.

Don't This Video Get any Bizness Issue? So, Verne! Stop Taking Us For Idiots!

2254 days ago
100.

edgar_pasadenaupinhere    

Well well well hey harvey glad this finally happened!!!!!! Lots of famous people are maybe toasting to this news . Best news of the day i hope that harvey looses his shirt on this one. Harvey will lose on his carrier (lawyer) something hes studied for year to get but was ahorrible attorney. I HOPE THE LAWSUIT CONTINUE TO PILE ON CAN'T WAIT TIL TMZ TV GETS PUT OFF THE AIR LIKE CELEBERITY JUSTICE. HAHAHHHAHAHHA GO MINI ME!!!!!!

2254 days ago
101.

Rick Cain    

After the disaster that is "the Love Guru", I would think Verne would want to milk this sex tape for all its PR value. Maybe this lawsuit is part of keeping it in the tabloids, who knows.

2254 days ago
102.

gus    

I hate sad people that want a big cash payout, I hate lawyers and I hate TMZ. However this plays out I win!

2254 days ago
103.

Color Me Confused    

Since this is a story reported by TMZ staff, why is it that "Calls to TMZ were not returned"? Seems like all the writer had to do was get up from his cubicle, walk across the hallway, and ask Harvey.

2254 days ago
104.

BigSister    

this is a total audition tape! it's about time we see a unique love story this is the most interesting kissing scene of any movie I've seen

how about girl falls for little guy
but who would be his leading lady?

He Is That Into You
Starring Verne Troyer and . . . Julia Roberts?

2254 days ago
105.

Reynaldo    

If people don't want stuff like this put out there, then WHY do they put stuff like this on videotape like anyway?? In all reality, there is always a chance of it "getting out", so if you don't REALLY want this kind of "exposure", then why even tape it at all???? Whatever happened to just keeping certain things private between the consenting people unless you're in the porn business and participate with intent to sell and distribute? There is no shame anymore-people like this want the publicity and/or to make a buck where ever they can! And then when someone beats them to it, then they cry that someone has invaded their privacy, etc. etc. etc.
Grow up, and take more pride in yourself and your reputation-that says more positive things about a person than any amount of money can. But guess that is "old school" and many people don't think like this any more and/or have pride, respect, dignity, etc. for themselves or any one else like they use too. And we wonder why this world is the way it is?
Is this all Vern has to offer the world-a sex tape?? Very sad, pathetic and disgusting!! He's selling himself short! lol

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