Little Ole Defamatory Libelous Me
I looked up the issues of right to privacy as it concerns defamation and libel and such. Of great concern to me was the concept of defamation as it relates to the public disclosure of private information. It could be true information, but the fact that one airs it out can constitute grounds for civil action.
I am forty pages along on part two of Richy Vegas Comics, "The Villianess Veronica Ortega." It's about something that happened to me in 1985. The thing is, Veronica seemed very proud of her choice of boyfriends, and the whole episode played out very openly and publicly as far as I could tell. I imagine her boyfriend appeared on her tax records as her employer and everything. So, what would be the problem if I air this info out after so much time?
Further down in the article it said that matters of opinion constitute protected speech. It was my opinion that her actions were distasteful. But it's not like I'm revealing something like how I went on a cocaine binge with her and we spent a weekend in a swingers club, all the while her husband and kids are at Six Flags. That never happened. If it did, I could never reveal that in print or online or anything.
Veronica very publicly embraced this deal she took to work for this guy and also be his girlfriend. If she's a school teacher now and loses her job, I don't know. She was very public about it once. Does the fact that this may not have been her reality for a very long time since grant her a right to privacy that she initially discarded with her actions and statements?
The article talked about defamation as it relates to grave sexual misconduct. Veronica's actions may constitute a matter of opinion, one that she made clear which side she stood on. In the next three volumes of Richy Vegas Comics, "The Consequences of Bringing LIght," I do reveal an episode of grave sexual misconduct. Stay tuned.
I expect to finish part two of "The Villainess Veronica Ortega" by the first week in December. It will come out in print a short time after. I figure that as long as I'm self-published and obscure, I don't have to worry much about lawsuits.
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