Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Hustler Magazine v. Falwell
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Hustler Magazine (Petitioner) ran a parody advertisement that featured Falwell (Respondent) talking about his “first time.” Petitioner drafted an alleged interview in which Respondent admits to drunken incestuous encounters with his mother in an outhouse. The ad portrays Respondent as a hypocrite and a drunk. At the bottom of the advertisement page is a statement, “ad parody – not to be taken seriously.” Respondent sued for libel, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The jury awarded Respondent damages.
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