Mini Me Sues TMZ … Judge Orders TMZ to Remove Sex Tape of ‘Austin Powers’ film Mini Me, Verne Troyer
MINI ME … MINI LAW SUIT. Well maybe its a “major” law suit. As one internet website stated, “Well, at least we know that one thing is big about Verne Troyer: his lawsuits”.
Verne Troyer has filed a $20 million lawsuit, claiming TMZ.com violated his rights by publishing and airing portions of his sex tape. Just when one thought that the airing of individuals pics and videos couldn’t get any more weird. One thing is for certain, just because the original clips were taken down does not mean that there are not still pics all over the internet. Or bits and pieces on You Tube. As they say, pardon the pun … the genie is out of the bottle. Which raises the real question, is there a celebrity in Hollywood who does not have a sex tape?
In the suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in downtown L.A., Troyer claims TMZ violated his privacy rights and infringed on his copyright and trademark by running portions of the tape on TMZ TV and TMZ.com. He also alleges TMZ violated his right of publicity and misappropriated his name and likeness.
A federal judges has ordered TMZ.com to remove video clips of a private sex tape of Verne Troyer. Who is Verne Troyer you ask? He is the actor who played “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers movies. Troyer states that the sex tape was stolen from his home.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez issued a temporary restraining order against TMZ and two other parties allegedly attempting to sell the video after ruling that Troyer “demonstrated a strong likelihood of success” in his suit.
According to court papers, the video of Troyer and former girlfriend Renae Schrider was stolen from the actor’s residence in the last few months and “was never intended . . . to be shown to the public.”
The judge’s order prohibits TMZ, promoter Kevin Blatt and SugarDVD, an online distributor of adult films, from selling or distributing the video.
Judge Enrobes Troyer Sex Tape, There’s one less unnecessary thing on the Internet these days
VIDEO interview of Mini Me stolen tape fiasco. Interestingly enough the MSNBC story from Keith Olbermann actually has footage of the so-called banned video clips.
A 25-second snippet of video showing Verne Troyer and a former girlfriend having sex that was available online over the past couple of days is all the world will see of the tape — for now.
A federal judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order requested by Troyer’s attorneys that prevents porn distributors from taking orders for the full-length video, and prevents TMZ from broadcasting any more clips.
The Mini Me sex tape is now a go for TMZ.com. It appears that the website had gotten permission from the other half of the sex duo starring in the tape. However, the best story in all of this foolishness has to come from Mediabistro.com. This is perfect, “The moral of the story is: You know your throw away joke has horribly backfired when you are sent a temporary restraining order.”
The woman in a sex tape featuring Verne Troyer – best known for his role in the “Austin Powers” movies – says she allowed celebrity Web site TMZ to broadcast snippets of the tape.
Troyer’s ex-girlfriend, Ranae Shrider, signed a declaration filed in federal court in Los Angeles stating the tape was created with her video camera. Her statement prompted a judge to allow TMZ to reinstate a post featuring snippets of the tape.