Broadway Actor Sues To Find Out Anonymous Tweeter Who Says He Has Crabs

from the someone's-feeling-a-bit-crabby dept

In the latest of a series of recent cases where people are suing to identify anonymous folks who made immature, insulting or mean comments about them online, we have the case of Broadway actor Marty Thomas. An anonymous Twitter user, who apparently only had about 100 followers, apparently had posted a bunch of "blind item"-type Twitter messages, including accusing another Broadway actor of giving Thomas crabs. Now, of course, Thomas is suing to get Twitter to reveal who the anonymous Twitter user was. But, again, as we've noted in other cases, before this, very few people would have seen the claim, and even fewer likely would have taken it seriously. Yet, now, the story is being splashed across various NY tabloids, which seems like it only serves to call a lot more attention to the overall issue.


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    Rose M. Welch (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 6:46am

    Maybe Marty Thomas wants the publicity?

     

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    Jay (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 7:43am

    Perhaps someone hit a little too close to home?

     

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    Pixelation, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 7:46am

    Marty Thomas has crabs?

    If he wants publicity their are better ways.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 7:49am

    Re:

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 7:55am

    Well, maybe...

    If Marty didn't have crabs, this wouldnt be an issue at all.

     

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    KnownHuman (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:06am

    I think there needs to be a website that showcases every instance the Streisand Effect. It would certainly serve as a warning that people could be pointed to prior to pursuing legal action.

    "Yes, Mr. Broadway Actor, you could sue. Or, you could just let that thing slide. Only one of these actions will allow the rumor die. The other will permanently tie your name with "has crabs" in the minds of people and the Google hivememory."

     

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    Anonymous Bastard, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:07am

    Crabby Marty

    Marty Thomas totally DOES have crabs. All over his crabby areas. My name is James Carmichael; learn to take a joke or sue me.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:14am

    Curious...

    If this were to actually go forward as a defamation-type lawsuit, could the defense subpoena Marty Thomas medical records to corroborate their clients story?

    Curious because it seems extremely hard to attain one's own medical records in some states these days, much less get access to someone else records.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:19am

    Re: Curious...

    So down the road, if it becomes a proven fact that he has crabs, would it become legal to just go around and tell he does, factually, have crabs? I mean, can you get sued for stating facts? Although, Marty's crabs are probably a matter of National Security somehow.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re: Curious...

    Okay, seriously. This is really ridiculous. First of all, I'm pretty sure that getting a subpoena for a plaintiff's medical records in a defamation suit is going to be damn near impossible.

    Second of all, Marty Thomas did NOT get crabs from another broadway actor.

    He got them from molesting children....

     

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    Paul Hobbs (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Curious...

    You're a funny fuck! Far and away my favourite commenter.

     

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    Ben, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:30am

    Crabs...

    Who the Hell is Marty Thomas?

     

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    Spointman, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Curious...

    At least in the case of slander and libel, truth is an absolute defense. I would imagine the same would be true in defamation (though to to be fair, the law rarely makes sense, and IANAL). Thus, the defense would have every right to present proof of his status, and medical records (or at least, the results of a medical test for crabs) are definitive proof in the legal sense. I could see a judge ordering a medical test for crabs, as if Mr. Thomas does have them, his entire case kinda falls apart.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:34am

    Re: Crabs...

    The guy with the crabs from molesting children ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:38am

    crabs aids sipholis and lice

    gentlemen he is the queen

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:41am

    Re: Crabs...

    He was in this one show with a bunch of animals singing and running around... Crabs or Cats or something.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:50am

    Please let this be him....

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3477352/

    The one credited role of his would be....interesting....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 8:56am

    Re: Crabby Marty

    Any relation to the world renowned Charles Carmichael?

     

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    TriZz (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:00am

    Re:

    I don't know about publicity...but those crabs are probably making a pube-city.

    /fail

     

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    Crab, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:11am

    Hey! I'm suing!

    By bringing a defamation suit, I believe he is implying that having me is bad - thus defaming me.

    I intend to bring a suit against him.

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Curious...

    First of all, I'm pretty sure that getting a subpoena for a plaintiff's medical records in a defamation suit is going to be damn near impossible.

    I'll bet you're right on that count. The only thing is, that since this guy's got crabs... well how is that defamation?
    defamation - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

    Revealing factual privileged medical information might be an offense of its own, but to my untrained mind it is not defamation.
    Innocent until proven cheeky, I guess.

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:31am

    Marty Thomas Has Crabs?

    So, let me get this straight...

    Someone said that Marty Thomas, the Broadway actor, has crabs?

    So, Marty Thomas Has Crabs?

    Or, *does* Marty Thomas Have Crabs?

    CBMHB

     

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    John Smith, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:44am

    Re: Crabby Marty

    I too can affirm that Marty Thomas has crabs. And is crabby.

     

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    DS, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 9:45am

    Re: Please let this be him....

    That's "Gay" as in happy right? It's a Big Happy Musical then?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 10:04am

    Re: Re: Crabby Marty

    Nope, I'm just a regular crab expert.

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 10:27am

    Re: Well, maybe...

    but see there is the problem...


    ... Does broadway actor Marty Thomas have crabs? The answer may be more surprising than you think!


    /Streisand effect

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 10:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Curious...

    "I could see a judge ordering a medical test for crabs, as if Mr. Thomas does have them, his entire case kinda falls apart."

    Even if he doesn't:

    Your Honor, he doesn't have them *now,* so he has obviously had them taken care of. In the future I will say that Marty Thomas is a Broadway ho-bag who HAD crabs, if it please the court.

     

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    Xander C (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 10:40am

    It could be much worse...

    At least he didn't get accused for the possible rape and murder of a girl back in 1990!

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Oct 20th, 2010 @ 12:14pm

    Re: It could be much worse...

    I've never heard him deny he did so, though...

     

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    Pixelation, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 4:45pm

    I needed a good laugh

    After getting home from work, reading the comments on this one gave me a good laugh.
    Thank you Marty Thomas!... and your crabs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 4:56pm

    T-Shirt coming soon

    I wish *I* had given Marty Thomas crabs. /attentionwhore

     

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    KristoferA, Oct 20th, 2010 @ 11:05pm

    load of crab

    sounds like a load of crab...

     

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    Annoyed, Oct 28th, 2010 @ 10:59am

    AND...

    what the story doesnt tell you is the affect this has had on OTHER people. Mr. Marty Thomas claimed that he knew who was running the twitter account and blamed a young New York student. The claim was false, and there is proof of this, but this girl lost her job and her apartment because of the claim... yet while she is sleeping on friends couches, thousands are congratulating Marty Thomas for standing up to bullying. Interesting.

     

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    mndoyle07 (profile), Oct 28th, 2010 @ 8:05pm

    Questionable..

    Is all publicity good publicity? Honestly, if he doesn't talk about this incident I continue on with my life never knowing who Marty Thomas is.

    As stated a number of times...if Thomas doesn't say anything, no one knows about the anonymous tweeter. Now he has brought attention to the subject. Even if Thomas has no ulterior motive and this wasn't attention-seeking behavior...I perceive it to be so. His personal brand is tarnished. Also, with an allegation of defamation on his part...he is just setting himself up for more humiliation.

    Just give it up, Marty...

     

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