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Actor Ron Livingston Sues Over 'Malicious' Gay Rumors on Wikipedia

LlivingstonActor Ron Livingston has filed a lawsuit because, he says, he's being subject to ongoing harassment on Wikipedia by an unknown editor of his page there to make it look as though he's in a gay relationship.

TMZ reports: "Ron -- who married a woman earlier this year -- claims some mystery Internet bandit began relentlessly changing his Wiki page to say he's in a relationship with a man named Lee Dennison ... a claim Livingston says is completely false and 'malicious.' According to the lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, the Wiki-hacking began back in May -- and every time Ron's reps remove the false info from his Wiki page ... the bandit 'changes them back almost immediately.' And it gets better: Ron believes the perp also created fake Facebook profiles for himself and Lee, and both pages claim the two are 'In a relationship' with each other. Livingston is suing for libel, invasion of privacy and for using his name and likeness without his permission. Damages haven't been specified."

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  1. According to a UPI article on the lawsuit, he only married the woman last month, after all this started. Lady doth protest?

    Posted by: Focus | Dec 6, 2009 11:10:08 AM

  2. Who?

    Posted by: Marc C | Dec 6, 2009 11:22:16 AM

  3. why does he even give it credence if its false...? WHO cares? he a well established actor....

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 6, 2009 11:29:38 AM

  4. Dude should be happy anyone even cares enough anymore to do this dastardly deed.

    Posted by: niles | Dec 6, 2009 11:31:24 AM

  5. anyone upset about this besides mr. livingstone, please raise your hand......ah, just as i thought.

    Posted by: normadesmond | Dec 6, 2009 11:38:06 AM

  6. And interestingly enough, he married his co-star Rosemarie DeWitt from the Fox TV show Standoff! HOW convenient

    Posted by: MDtopdad | Dec 6, 2009 11:40:52 AM

  7. He looks vaguely familiar.

    Posted by: Randy Novak | Dec 6, 2009 11:42:02 AM

  8. He needs a shower and a trainer.

    Posted by: Pinky | Dec 6, 2009 11:48:05 AM

  9. Well, if he is already married to someone, it is kind of malicious.

    Did he sue them with a Post-It note?

    Posted by: Bakeley | Dec 6, 2009 11:55:03 AM

  10. LOL @ Bakeley

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 6, 2009 12:22:09 PM

  11. I first saw him in a flick my brothers recommended, Office Space. He was pretty good, as was Jennifer Aniston, her first major flick when she was doing friends. Then most know him from Sex in the City. He was Carries boyfriend Berger, who broke up with her with a post it.

    He works a lot, so I also don't see why he would be making this more of a story, it would blow over if he said nothing, which most would do if it was not true. Doesn't Ms Cruise also have a band of lawyers who sue for him over this kind of shit?

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 6, 2009 12:25:39 PM

  12. As quick as everyone is to mock him, I can see why that would be an issue for him. First, the person continually re-adds the information even when he removes it. Second, he's an actor, which means his public persona is essential to his career, and sadly we still live in a time where info like this would effect his hireability.

    Posted by: Aaron | Dec 6, 2009 12:26:29 PM

  13. I'M SUING THE INTERNETZ BECAUSE I HATE FIRST AMENDMENT! BLAH! This guy is going to lose big time. And I seriously hope the hacking of his wiki page doesn't end. That is hilarious, and he is a douche.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 6, 2009 1:09:05 PM

  14. I think he doth protest too much!

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 6, 2009 1:37:58 PM

  15. Really smart of him to sue.

    Tom Cruise proved that it really makes the rumors stop. /snark

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Dec 6, 2009 1:44:58 PM

  16. Dennison WAS the Casting Director on Defying Gravity' which Livingston would have been cast in long before he was married.

    Just saying....

    Posted by: Wolf | Dec 6, 2009 1:46:46 PM

  17. Since I have never heard of this guy, I am grateful to the people who have posted in the comments some of his credits. Neither TMZ nor Towleroad say who is being sued. Crappy reporting all around.

    If he has a problem with Wikipedia he could have requested them to lock his page from editing. They do this on controversial issues. But then he wouldn't be getting mentioned on TMZ.

    And rumors generally surround people the gay community wants to be gay. For instance, gay people talk about Hermy the Elf. No one cares about the Pillsbury dough boy. (Too harsh? I'm sorry -- this story pisses me off.)

    Posted by: Charlie | Dec 6, 2009 2:01:25 PM

  18. @Charlie: If you're a hard-working office-type, you owe it to yourself to watch OfficeSpace. It is the embodiment of all that is wrong with corporate culture. I would argue that @PatrickNYC is dead wrong on how "most" people know him. "Most" to Patrick might include the gays and women (the audience for "Sex and the City," no?) but us cool kids will always know him first and foremost for his OfficeSpace lead.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Dec 6, 2009 2:15:16 PM

  19. Ron should know this is the natural end result to not putting the cover sheet on your TPS Reports.

    My advice to Ron? Go to Wikipedia... and set the place on fire.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Dec 6, 2009 2:16:10 PM

  20. Uh, yea, good job not specifying damages, when that is required for a defamation suit in most US jurisdictions. Good luck proving those...


    Posted by: Jack | Dec 6, 2009 2:22:45 PM

  21. This is just malicious gossip and he should sue - just like Liberace and Elton did way back when - he may even make as much as they did.

    Posted by: Glynn | Dec 6, 2009 2:35:39 PM

  22. OK, I admit it, I've got a crush on him. That being said, is he claiming the libel based on adultery or a homosexual relationship. The first is fine by me, the second is questionable.

    Back before the Web (1989), someone actually did this to me: they fraudulently submitted an entry into my college alumni magazine saying that I was "with" another gay friend of mine and implying our corruption of autistic boys. Really. Even as a non-celebrity, it's an invasion of your life when someone makes claims like this publicly when they're so off-base.

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 6, 2009 2:46:10 PM

  23. @ PINKY: Leave Chelsea much?

    Posted by: David R. | Dec 6, 2009 2:46:57 PM

  24. So straight people think being regarded as "gay" is defamatory ? Well, well, well.......
    Could it lead to not getting acting roles ? Could it lead to adverse comment or discrimination behind your back ?
    Welcome to our world, Mr.Livingston.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 6, 2009 5:38:53 PM

  25. Just think: If we actually had marriage equality, there'd be no more "But he's married!" defense.

    Posted by: HW In SoCal | Dec 6, 2009 6:27:00 PM

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