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Gawker Responds to Tarantino Lawsuit, Blames Director For Turning Script Leak Into a Story UPDATED

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by Beth Hanna
January 28, 2014 2:53 PM
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UPDATE: Gawker Media has a response to the lawsuit slapped on them by Quentin Tarantino. The online network, via editor-in-chief John Cook, claims that "no on at Gawker saw or had access to Tarantino's script [The Hateful Eight] before AnonFiles posted it... No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy."

Cook also points a finger at Tarantino, saying it was the director himself who chose to turn a fairly common instance of script leaking into a story.

EARLIER: Gawker is getting it left and right. Not only was the online network skewered in last night's "Girls" (Lena Dunham was recently the subject of a stunt by "feminist" site Jezebel, who paid an anonymous source $10K for her unretouched Vogue photos), but it is now being sued by Quentin Tarantino for posting a link to "The Hateful Eight" screenplay. (The leak of the script last week prompted the director to shelve the film.)

The legal complaint filed by Tarantino alleges that Gawker refused to take down the screenplay link, which allowed readers to download it. Here's the actual complaint, which was nabbed by Deadline:

“Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s right to make a buck. This time they’ve gone too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire screenplay illegally. Their headline boasts, ‘Here is the leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script’ — here, not someplace else, but ‘here’ on the Gawker website. The article then contains multiple direct links for downloading the entire screenplay through a conveniently anonymous URL by simply clicking button-links on the Gawker page, and brazenly encourages Gawker visitors to read the screenplay illegally with an invitation to ‘enjoy’ it. There was nothing newsworthy or journalistic about Gawker Media facilitating and encouraging the public’s violation of Plaintiff’s copyright in the screenplay, and its conduct will not shield Gawker Media from liability for their unlawful activity.”

HBO Lena Dunham in "Girls"

Meanwhile, Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath and Adam Driver's Adam had a pointed back-and-forth on the most recent episode of "Girls," in which Hannah seemingly defended both Gawker and Jezebel (saying of the latter, "Jezebel is a place feminists can go to support one another, which we need in this modern world full of slut-shaming"), while Adam called Gawker writers "jealous people who make a living appealing to our basest desire to see each other kicked while we're down."

1 Comment

  • James S. | January 28, 2014 3:34 PMReply

    Yeah, well, Gawker always did seem kinda gross to me, so it's unsurprising they would resort to victim-blaming.

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