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Khawar v. Globe International, Inc.
Citation:19 Cal.4th 254, 965 P.2d 696, 79 Cal.Rptr.2d 178, cert. denied, 526 U.S. 1114, 119 S.Ct. 1760, 143 L.Ed.2d 791 (Cal. 1998)
Khawar was a freelance photographer who was photographed near Kennedy by a friend shortly before Kennedy was assassinated. Twenty years later, publisher Roundtable Press alleged a conspiracy theory that the assassination was caused by the Iranian Shah working with the Mafia. The publisher’s book contained photographs of a young man identified as the purported “actual” assassin of Senator Kennedy.
Globe International republished the same photograph in articles on the conspiracy but added an arrow pointing to one of the men and identifying the purported assassin incorrectly as Khawar. After Khawar read the Globe article, he received accusatory and threatening phone calls, his children received death threats, and his home and son’s car were vandalized.
Khawar sued for defamation. Roundtable Press subsequently settled with Khawar and retracted its statements that Khawar was associated with Senator Kennedy’s assassination.
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