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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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vangelo    

LOLOL...hope tsuckmz has to pay out the ass..I hate TMZ..just llok on here for booty shots anyway

2123 days ago
107.

1st    

WE SHOULD ALL SUE MINI ME FOR HIS NAKED ASS ON NATIONAL TV. PEEING IN THE CORNER ON SURREAL LIFE.

2123 days ago
108.

TRISTA    

I think his ring is about to fall of lol!!

2123 days ago
109.

hehe    

Just saw the latest TMZ show this morning and they report that Vern and this chick have recently broken up. Hmm makes you wonder...

2123 days ago
110.

FireEmAll    

Hey Harvey - sign his case up for People's Court, ratings winner fer sher...hahahha (eww keep your clothes on Vern).

2123 days ago
111.

M.B    

Typically America.... no further comment.... *sigh*

2123 days ago
112.

Sharona    

An "unidentified source" said this was hilarious!

2123 days ago
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Ssss    

Calls to TMZ were not returned.

Ha Ha!! That's funny

2123 days ago
114.

Efrain    

I hope Mini me wins. It'll teach Tmz a lesson. I'm so fed up with Tmz.

2123 days ago
115.

Can't Stand Obama    

ROFLMAO!

Return your calls TMZ.

LMAO.

2123 days ago
116.

Gary    

For a celebrity to make a sex tape is highly inadvisable in the first place. Anyone who would steal such a tape is a sleaze. Anyone who would market such a tape for profit is a slime merchant. People who view such tapes are involving themselves in unhealthy voyeurism. The only positive aspect in the whole process would be if the media would refuse to participate in the whole degenerate transaction and have no part in promoting it or airing it. Failing that, then Mr. Troyer should sue, is justified in suing, and would be justified in suing the whole industry from top to bottom. It's bad luck for TMZ that they were targeted for the litigation, but retractions, apologies and statements of intent make nice exhibits in court and are usually music to a judge's ear.

2123 days ago
117.

tlynn    

Here is an idea. Stop making stupid sex tapes. These people do it for the free press.

2123 days ago
118.

Banjaxed    

I'm just wondering if Mike Myers financed the sex tape

2123 days ago
119.

Lisa    

Thats great!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

2123 days ago
120.

ThoseCopsArePigs    

uh oh TMZ. Looks like Karma might finally be catching up!

2123 days ago
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