James Woods Suing Twitter User For $10 Million For “Cocaine Addict” Tweet
James Woods is suing a person who used the Twitter name “Abe List” for $10 million for defamation after the individual alleged on the social media site that the actor was a “cocaine addict.” According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by Gossip Cop, the legal action “arises from the publication of a malicious and fabricated statement by a coward individual who hides behind the Twitter name ‘Abe List’ to falsely accuse and humiliate others who dare to harbor opinions different than his own.”
It should be noted that the Twitter account for “Abe List,” who’s referred to in the court papers as “AL,” was pulled down at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, a day after the suit was filed. The holder of the account wrote in his Twitter bio before it went down, “Freedom is not needing to be liked. Winding down and leaving twitter soon.”
Regardless, the conservative actor alleges in his suit that “On July 15, 2015, AL stepped over the line by falsely accusing actor James Woods of being a cocaine addict… with a message sent to thousands of AL’s followers and hundreds of thousands of Woods’ followers.” After Woods posted a message on Twitter about the media two weeks ago, “Abe List” shortly thereafter tweeted at him and Breitbart.com editor Ben Cohen, “cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting.”
The actor’s suit stresses, “Mr. Woods is not now, nor has ever been a cocaine addict, and AL had no reason to believe otherwise. Rather, AL’s outrageous claim is the culmination of a malicious on-line campaign to discredit and damage Woods’ reputation, a campaign which began as early as December 2014.”
Initially, “Abe List,” who doesn’t agree with Woods’ politics and tweets, called the star a slew of childish names, including “prick,” “joke,” “ridiculous,” “scum” and “clown-boy,” but, says the lawsuit, “it has clearly escalated behind the protections of free speech, and AL must now be held accountable for the millions in damages he has caused. By this lawsuit, Woods intends to unmask and reveal AL for the liar he is, and to recover in excess of $10 million in damages caused by AL’s outrageous conduct.”
The lawsuit, which asks for a jury trial, further states, “AL’s reckless and malicious behavior, through the worldwide reach of the internet, has now jeopardized Woods’ good name and reputation… AL, and anyone else using social media to propagate lies and do harm, should take note. They are not impervious to the law.”
Before the account was taken down, “Abe List” gave the impression that he was from Los Angeles, worked in finance, and was Harvard-educated. What do you think of James Woods’ defamation suit?