James Woods can sue Twitter user for calling him a cocaine addict, judge rules.
(CNN NEWSOURCE) Actor James Woods will be allowed to bring a $10 million defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user who called him some nasty names.
A Los Angeles superior court judge ruled that Woods had sufficiently established he could win his case.
The battle happened after Woods tweeted about USA Today's decision not to cover a budding Planned Parenthood controversy.
In response, @abelisted tweeted, "cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting." Followed by "ridiculous," "scum" and a "clown boy" tweets.
A judge tentatively ruled that the case should be thrown out.
But after a former linguistics professor testified that “abe list” was making a factual statement the judge changed his mind.
Woods' lawyers have sent a subpoena to Twitter to try to reveal the man behind @abelisted ...but Twitter has resisted citing the First Amendment.
It's unclear if that resistance will continue now that the judge has made his ruling.