Gawker Article on Trump’s Hair Draws Threat From Hulk Hogan’s Lawyer
Donald J. Trump’s hair is the latest point of contention between Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan’s lawyers.
唐纳德·J·特朗普(Donald J. Trump)的头发成为高客传媒(Gawker Media)和哈尔克·霍根(Hulk Hogan)的律师们之间的最新争论焦点。
In a letter sent last week to Gawker on behalf of a hair treatment clinic, Charles J. Harder, who is representing Mr. Hogan, the retired wrestler, in his invasion of privacy lawsuit against the media company, said a recent article about Mr. Trump’s hair made “numerous false and defamatory statements about my clients.”
上周，律师查尔斯·J·哈德(Charles J. Harder)代表一家头发治疗诊所给高客传媒发了一封信。哈德在信中表示，最近的一篇关于特朗普头发的文章对“我的客户们”进行了“很多错误和诽谤性陈述”。哈德正代表退役摔跤运动员霍根对该传媒公司进行隐私权侵犯诉讼。
Mr. Harder demanded that Gawker immediately remove the article and publish a public apology and full retraction. The letter also threatened legal action on behalf of the clinic, Ivari International, and Edward Ivari.
哈德要求高客传媒立刻撤掉这篇文章，并发表公开道歉信，全面收回自己的陈述。这封信还威胁代表伊瓦里国际诊所(Ivari International)和爱德华·伊瓦里(Edward Ivari)提起法律诉讼。
The letter continues a legal battle between Mr. Harder and Gawker. His Los Angeles-based law firm, Harder, Mirell & Abrams, was thrust into the spotlight last month when it was revealed that the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel was secretly providing financial support for lawsuits against Gawker.
这封信延续了哈德与高客之间的法律争斗。上个月，硅谷亿万富翁彼得·蒂尔(Peter Thiel)被曝出秘密为针对高客的诉讼提供财力支持之后，哈德位于洛杉矶的律所Harder, Mirell & Abrams成为媒体焦点。
It is not clear whether Mr. Thiel, who is a pledged delegate for Mr. Trump for the 2016 Republican convention, is behind the letter.
The letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, lists 19 “false and defamatory” statements in the article, many of which were taken from two lawsuits. It contends that Gawker’s actions intentionally inflicted emotional distress, invaded Mr. Ivari’s privacy and constituted tortious interference “with actual and prospective business relations.”
The article, which was published in late May under the headline “Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave? A Gawker Investigation,” said a “tipster” had suggested that Mr. Trump’s hair was “not his own, costs tens of thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep, and comes from a man as mysterious as Trump is bombastic.”
那篇文章是5月底发表的，标题为《高客调查：唐纳德·特朗普的头发是花费6万美元织出来的吗？》(Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave? A Gawker Investigation)。文章称，一位“线人”说，特朗普的头发“不是他自己的，是花费数万美元种植养护出来的，出自一位神秘人物之手，特朗普有多夸夸其谈，此人就有多神秘。”
In the article, the anonymous tipster said Mr. Trump relied on “microcylinder intervention,” a hair restoration treatment that is “only performed by one clinic that we know of — Ivari International.” The article, which was peppered with pictures of Mr. Trump’s golden mane, also claimed that Ivari’s New York location was in Trump Tower “on the private floor reserved for Donald Trump’s own office.”
In the letter, Mr. Harder wrote that Gawker’s actions exposed the company “to substantial monetary damages and punitive damages.”
He also appeared to want the letter to stay out of the public eye: “This letter is confidential and protected by applicable copyright law,” he wrote.
In Gawker’s response, Heather Dietrick, the company’s general counsel and president, said Mr. Harder’s order that the article be removed was a “vastly overbroad demand to be made for Mr. Ivari, who plays only a part in the article about Donald Trump.”
Ms. Dietrick called the demand surprising because Mr. Harder took “no issue with the central thesis of the piece — that Mr. Ivari has worked on Donald Trump’s hair.”