Judge Rules Tila Tequila Can Move Forward With Defamation Case
After hearing competing defamation claims, a judge ruled today ruled that Tila Tequila can move forward with a case against a photographer who she says maligned her on a celebrity website.
At the same time, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Coleman Swart ruled that the photographer, a former Tequila employee, will have to shore up his countersuit against her before his action can move forward.
Swart ruled there were sufficient details in the 29-year-old Tequila’s defamation claim against Garry Sun, but that her additional allegations that he breached their contract and that he put his own interests ahead of hers need further clarification.
The judge said that neither Sun’s defamation claim nor his additional allegation of intentional infliction of emotional distress claims are clear.
He gave lawyers on both sides 10 days to make changes and file amended complaints.
“Let’s get this right gentlemen,’ Swart said.
The former star of MTV’s “A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila’ filed her suit Nov. 1, alleging Sun made a series of false statements to an interviewer with X17online.com a month earlier.
Tequila’s suit quotes Sun as saying that she “sent several men to kill me in my home’ and that she may have been involved in a kidnapping of his former girlfriend, Shyla Jennings.
Tequila also obtained a stay-away order against Sun.
The photographer countersued Dec. 20, alleging she defamed him by calling him a “crazy paparazzi’ who “needs to be put in jail because his health and mentality is a threat and danger to society.’
He says the comments were made to former colleagues and prospective employers.
The 33-year-old Sun said after today’s hearing that he is pleased that he will able to proceed with an amended complaint. He said he worked in various capacities for Tequila, including as her personal manager, and also once had a relationship with her.
Sun said he is not sure if Tequila tried to have Jennings kidnapped when he became involved with her, or if the reality show star used Jennings as a pawn as part of an alleged retaliation effort against him.
He said he has been unable to get many job opportunities he otherwise would have had Tequila not hurt his reputation with her alleged remarks.
Sun said he wanted to fight the three-year restraining order Tequila obtained against him in November but that he arrived to court too late.
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