A few months ago Britney Spears announced she was suing Us Weekly for libel over the magazine's report that this refined lady and her debonair husband had made a sex tape and then screened it with their attorney. Not true!, insisted the Spearserlines, and now we've gotten our grubby mitts on the latest legal document protesting their innocence, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court.
We like paragraphs five and six the best:
5. I have been informed that the editors of Us Weekly and their lawyers are claiming that the Article would not be damaging to my career or reputation, because I joked about my sex life with my husband on our recent reality television show, Chaotic, and because I have a "highly sexualized public persona." They are wrong. While I have written and sung certain lyrics about sex and have posted for "sexy" photographs to promote my albums and career, this is certainly not unusual in the musical business and is different than being falsely portrayed as someone who filmed herself and her husband having sex, and then recklessly left the tape in a place where someone from their "entourage" could find and attempt to sell it.
6. Because many of my fans are young women and teenagers, it is important to me, both personally and professionally, that they see me as I am, namely, a married woman who is enjoying her life with her husband and baby. It is very damaging to my career and reputation to be portrayed as someone who would film herself and her husband having sex for the purpose of watching it over and over again, or for any other reason....
At which point, one imagines, Us Weekly's lawyers broke into uncontrollable laughter.
The full "Declaration of Britney Spears in Support of Plaintiff's Opposition to Defendants' Special Motion to Strike First Amended Complaint" is after the jump.
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