Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Mitra Ahouraian talked to Nicki Swift exclusively about Britney Spear’s chances if she wanted to stop Jamie Lynn from talking to the press via a lawsuit. “Britney Spears would have to convince a court that she has a strong enough case to warrant getting what’s called an injunction — a legal term that simply refers to an order to stop doing something,” Ahouraian explained. “This is unlikely to happen.” Ahouraian has represented some of the top producers, actors, and writers in Hollywood, and says that if Britney should decide to take a legal route to stop Jamie Lynn from talking, her status as a celebrity makes a defamation lawsuit harder.
The Hollywood legal expert told Nicki Swift, “A celebrity who brings a defamation claim has to show that not only is the statement untrue, but that it was said with ‘actual malice.'” Ahouraian explained,”The law makes a distinction between public figures and private individuals. A public figure is someone who seeks or places themselves in the limelight, the idea being that when you do, you understand you will be subject to a certain level of scrutiny and attention, some of which won’t be good and may not even be true.”
Family law attorney Brent Kaspar of Kaspar Lugay LLP agreed, stating, “That’s defamation based on libel. It’s difficult to prove because you have to show damages. You can easily prove the statement was made, but the hard part is proving monetary damage from it.”