While most celebrities tend to turn a blind eye toward the hateful tweets they recieve, actor James Woods has decided to make a multi-million dollar response to one of his Twitter bashers.
Woods, 68, recently filed a $US10 million lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user for allegedly accusing Woods of being addicted to cocaine.
Woods filed the lawsuit
in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday. The suit accuses the anonymous owner of now-defunct Twitter account “Abe List” of orchestrating a “malicious on-line campaign … to discredit and damage Woods’ reputation.”
The Twitter bashing allegedly started in December 2014, when Abe List began a campaign of “childish name-calling” in response to a number of Woods’ tweets. “In the past, AL has referred to Woods with such derogatory terms as ‘prick,’ ‘joke,’ ‘ridiculous,’ ‘scum’ and ‘clown-boy,'” the suit reads.
The tweet that “stepped over the line,” however, was a response that List made to the “Once Upon a Time in America” actor on July 15, which read, “cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting.”
According to the suit, Woods “is not now, nor has he ever been, a cocaine addict, and [Abe List] has no reason to believe otherwise.”
Woods’ complaint states that List’s “reckless and malicious behaviour” on Twitter has now “jeopardized Woods’ good name and reputation on an international scale.”
On accusations of defamation and invasion of privacy by false light, the actor is seeking damages from the anonymous Twitter user “in an amount not less than $US10 million.”
Beyond looking for retribution, Woods’ case seems intent on curing the ills of social media in general:
“AL, and anyone else using social media to propagate lies and do harm, should take note,” the suit reads. “They are not impervious to the law.
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