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Phoebe Bridgers defamation case dismissed

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A US judge has dismissed a defamation case against Phoebe Bridgers on free speech grounds. The case was brought against the musician by sound engineer Chris Nelson last year.Bridgers requested that the case be tossed earlier this year, saying that she believed the statements she made against Nelson to be true.

Her request for the dismissal of Nelson’s lawsuit was based on so called anti-SLAPP rules – those being rules designed to stop people limiting the free speech of others through unwarranted litigation.Judge Curtis Kin has now formally sided with the musician and dismissed the lawsuit – having previously indicated that he was inclined towards Bridgers’ arguments at a hearing in August.Nelson sued Bridgers last September claiming that, in October 2020, the musician posted and promoted various defamatory statements against him on Instagram.

In her post, Bridgers made a number of allegations of abuse and misconduct against Nelson, as well as directing her followers to his ex-girlfriend’s account on the social platform where further allegations had been made – including that he had murdered a man in a racially motivated attack.In his lawsuit, Nelson claimed that Bridgers “intentionally used her high-profile public platform on Instagram to publish false and defamatory statements … in order to destroy his reputation”.In a statement on behalf of Bridgers yesterday, a rep said: “We feel vindicated that the court recognised this lawsuit as frivolous and without merit.

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