A New York City judge has closed the book on a lawsuit filed by an author who claimed Jerry Seinfeld had damaged her reputation during a 2007 interview on Late Show with David Letterman. Missy Chase Lapine — who had accused Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica, of plagiarizing her idea for a kid-centric healthy cookbook (Jessica Seinfeld released Deceptively Delicious in 2007) — filed a lawsuit saying Jerry Seinfeld had hurt her reputation by calling her a “wacko” on the late-night show. According to the Associated Press, Justice Marcy Friedman threw out the case Friday, saying it was clear Seinfeld was joking and citing the comedian’s first amendment rights. Seinfeld’s lawyer released the following statement to EW: “Today’s decision is a complete victory for Jerry — and also a victory for the First Amendment and the right of comedians to tell jokes. The decision also vindicates HarperCollins and Jessica Seinfeld yet again, confirming what the two different federal courts have already ruled: Jessica independently created her bestselling book, Deceptively Delicious.”
Feb 25 2011 03:59 PM ET
Judge throws out lawsuit against Jerry Seinfeld
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