'Mini Me' Sues Over Sex Tape On The Web
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Sky News

One of the stars the Austin Powers films has launched £10m lawsuit against a celebrity website that posted a sex tape of the actor on the internet.

The 25-second clip of Verne Troyer, famous for his role as Mini Me, and a former girlfriend was removed from the site, TMZ, after a US federal judge granted a temporary restraining order.

The ruling also prevents any attempt by a porn distributor from taking orders for the full 50-minute video, and keeps TMZ from broadcasting any more clips.

Troyer's lawsuit also seeks £10m in damages and the return of all copies of the tape.

US District Judge Philip Gutierrez wrote that Troyer's motion "demonstrated that he will suffer irreparable harm to his reputation" if the tape is distributed.
Troyer's attorney, Tracy Rane, said she, Troyer and others are "very pleased" by Mr Gutierrez's ruling.

"Mr Troyer is extremely distraught by the recent exploitation of his private life," his publicist Melissa Bergera wrote in a statement.

Troyer claims the sex tape he made with a former girlfriend, which he never intended to become public, was stolen from his home some months ago.

Kevin Blatt, a producer who promoted a sex tape featuring Paris Hilton, is also named as a defendant.

Troyer is only the latest celebrity whose sex tape surfaced without consent, a phenomenon that began with the release of the infamous Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee honeymoon video.

Since then, several others have surfaced, including Hilton, Colin Farrell, and rapper Ray-J.

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