Hollywood multi-millionaire actor James Woods is trying to sue a Twitter user who called him a cocaine addict.
Perhaps Woods is bored, or maybe he wants the little people to bow down in admiration for him. Either way, this legal action could have devastating consequences for the use of social media.
Woods is looking for a mere $10m for being called a cocaine addict by the Twitter user “Abe List’. So far, the anonymous user has been able to resist attempts to unmask his real identity, but it seems that Woods is determined to get his revenge.
The original complaint branded Abe List a ‘cowardly individual’ who conducted a ‘malicious online campaign aimed at discrediting the Casino actor.
The disagreement came about when Woods Tweeted about a a disagreement between Planned Parenthood and Bruce Jenner.
“USATODAY app features Bruce Jenner’s latest dress selection but makes zero mention of Planned Parenthood baby parts market.”
To which List replied:
“Cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting.”
This all sounds like a little online petulance. Perhaps Abe List was suggesting that the use of illegal drugs is widespread in tinsel town.
Woods needs to stop taking things so seriously. I would have thought a huge number of Hollywood stars enjoy the occasional line on a Friday night. OK, they may not be addicts – but it certainly won’t have done their careers any harm.
If Woods can uncover the identity of a social media user over something so petty, that could spell a different relationship between the general public and online channels such as Twitter and Facebook.
Good luck getting $10 million from a Twitter weirdo, James.
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