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.
Filed Under: defamation, marty thomas, twitter
Comments on “Broadway Actor Sues To Find Out Anonymous Tweeter Who Says He Has Crabs”
Maybe Marty Thomas wants the publicity?
Perhaps someone hit a little too close to home?
That’s exactly what I was thinking.
Marty Thomas has crabs?
If he wants publicity their are better ways.
I don’t know about publicity…but those crabs are probably making a pube-city.
If Marty didn’t have crabs, this wouldnt be an issue at all.
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!
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.”
Marty Thomas totally DOES have crabs. All over his crabby areas. My name is James Carmichael; learn to take a joke or sue me.
Re: Crabby Marty
Any relation to the world renowned Charles Carmichael?
Re: Re: Crabby Marty
Nope, I’m just a regular crab expert.
Re: Crabby Marty
I too can affirm that Marty Thomas has crabs. And is crabby.
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.
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.
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….
Re: Re: Re: Curious...
You’re a funny fuck! Far and away my favourite commenter.
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.
Re: Re: Re:2 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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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?
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.
Who the Hell is Marty Thomas?
The guy with the crabs from molesting children …
He was in this one show with a bunch of animals singing and running around… Crabs or Cats or something.
crabs aids sipholis and lice
gentlemen he is the queen
Please let this be him....
The one credited role of his would be….interesting….
Re: Please let this be him....
That’s “Gay” as in happy right? It’s a Big Happy Musical then?
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.
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?
It could be much worse...
At least he didn’t get accused for the possible rape and murder of a girl back in 1990!
Re: It could be much worse...
I’ve never heard him deny he did so, though…
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.
T-Shirt coming soon
I wish *I* had given Marty Thomas crabs. /attentionwhore
load of crab
sounds like a load of crab…
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.
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…