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Courts Side with Controversial Director
(2008-03-27)
(wgvu) - BOSTON (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled filmmaker and
Michigan resident Michael Moore did not defame an Iraq war veteran
when he used a clip from a television interview without his
permission in the anti-war documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a federal judge was
correct to throw out Sergeant Peter Damon's lawsuit against Moore.
The National Guardsman from Middleborough, Mass., had claimed he
was humiliated and emotionally distressed due to his appearance in
Moore's scathing 2004 documentary criticizing the Bush
administration and the war in Iraq.
But an appeals court judge says while she can understand Damon's
anger and frustration, the clip could not reasonably be construed
as defamatory.
Damon is considering a further appeal.
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