A Los Angeles choose has dismissed a $3.8 million defamation lawsuit filed in opposition to Phoebe Bridgers by Chris Nelson, a producer and recording studio proprietor who claimed the singer-songwriter made false and defamatory statements on social media “as a way to destroy his repute.”
In February, Bridgers’ authorized group filed an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Towards Public Participation) movement to strike Nelson’s criticism on the idea that the lawsuit is “looking for to relax” her allegations of abusive conduct, violating her proper to free speech. California’s anti-SLAPP statute goals to forestall folks from utilizing courts and potential lawsuits to intimidate and silence folks from exercising their First Modification rights.
Decide Curtis A. Kin has now granted Bridgers’ dismissal request. “We really feel vindicated that the Court docket acknowledged this lawsuit as frivolous and with out advantage,” a spokesperson for Phoebe Bridgers wrote in an announcement. “It was not grounded in regulation, or info, however was filed with the only intention of inflicting hurt to our consumer’s repute and profession. This victory is vital not only for our consumer however for all these she was looking for to guard through the use of her platform.”
Responding to Nelson’s lawsuit, which was filed in September 2021, Bridgers wrote in a sworn declaration on February 14: “I consider that the statements I made in my Instagram story are true. My statements have been made based mostly on my private information, together with statements I personally heard Mr. Nelson make, in addition to my very own observations. I proceed to consider the statements that I made have been true.”
In her preliminary submit, Bridgers directed her followers to a thread written by her buddy Emily Bannon on Instagram. “I witnessed and may personally confirm a lot of the abuse (grooming, stealing, violence) perpetuated by Chris Nelson, proprietor of a studio known as Sound Area,” it learn. “For anybody who is aware of [Nelson], is contemplating working with him, or desires to know extra, there may be an articulate and mind-blowing account on @emilybannon’s web page as a spotlight. TRIGGER WARNING for principally all the pieces triggering.”
At an August court docket listening to, Decide Curtis Kin hinted that he was “leaning” towards granting Bridgers’ movement to strike. “It might appear to me that the posting by Ms. Bridgers is one that may be a matter of public curiosity,” he stated (by way of Rolling Stone). “It appears to me that her statements on Instagram are statements that concern an individual who’s within the public eye, in addition to statements that would straight have an effect on numerous individuals past Mr. Nelson and Ms. Bridgers.”
Nelson beforehand misplaced a separate defamation case in opposition to singer-songwriter Noël Wells, after he claimed Wells had made “false, defamatory, and deceptive” feedback when she allegedly warned Huge Thief in opposition to working with him in July 2020. Los Angeles County Decide Gregory W. Alarcon dominated that Wells’ feedback, made “within the development or help of the creation of music,” have been protected underneath free speech rights.