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Blogger Sues Gawker For Defamation

California-based blogger Charles Johnson has brought a defamation lawsuit against Gawker for allegedly publishing untrue statements about him in pieces like, “What Is Chuck Johnson and Why? The Web’s Worst Journalist, Explained” and “Which of These Disgusting Chuck Johnson Rumors are True?” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, alleges that the Gawker posts damaged Johnson's reputation. Last month, Johnson was banned by Twitter after he asked for money to “take out” civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. “I have confidence that the good people of Missouri will see Gawker’s malicious lies about me for what they are,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail to the Post-Dispatch. “I hope they won’t forget how often Gawker has insulted the inhabitants of the Show Me State.”

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