James Woods can sue Twitter user

Posted at 11:31 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 11:31:17-05

(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.