Canadian model sues Google
A Canadian model has filed a lawsuit against Google Inc., after an anonymous writer on the Internet giant's blogging service published what she says are defamatory statements.
Toronto native Liskula Cohen, 36, filed the claim on Jan. 2 with the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, requesting a court order to compel Google to identify the blogger.
Her action comes in response to a series of postings on a website hosted by a Google subsidiary, Blogger.com.
On Aug. 21, the anonymous author published a host of comments regarding Cohen's age, appearance and career, as well as photographs of the model.
Wendy Rozeluk, a spokeswoman for Google, said the California-based company would only turn over the user's information if ordered to do so by court.
"If content is found by a court to be defamatory, we will, of course, remove it immediately," she added in a statement.
Cohen was featured on North American and European magazine covers in the early 1990s and has appeared in fashion shows for Armani, Oscar De La Renta and Versace, according to her profile on fashionmodeldirectory.com.
In 2007, Cohen was struck in the face with a vodka bottle while at a Manhattan club by Samir Dervisevic, 25. Cohen said in the New York Daily News the bottle left a welt on her face "the size of a quarter."
Dervisevic served a month in prison for the assault.