Nos. 82-5105, 82-5106, 82-5107.

692 F.2d 634 (1982)

CHER, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. FORUM INTERNATIONAL, LTD., a New York corporation, dba Forum Magazine; Penthouse International, Ltd., a New York corporation; News Group Publications, Inc., a Delaware corporation, dba the Star; Fred Robbins, an individual, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided November 18, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

N. Roy Grutman, New York City, argued for Forum Intern., Ltd. and Fred Robbins; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Los Angeles, Cal., on brief.

Louis P. Petrich, Los Angeles, Cal., argued for Penthouse Intern., Ltd.; Youngman, Hungate & Leopold, Los Angeles, Cal., on brief.

John D. Forbess, Rudin, Perlstein & Chieffo, Beverly Hills, Cal., for Cher.

Lawrence W. Dam, Lillick McHose & Charles, Los Angeles, Cal., Howard M. Squadron, Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Lehrer, New York City, Lillick, McHose & Charles, Los Angeles, Cal., for News Group Publications, Inc.

Before CHAMBERS and GOODWIN, Circuit Judges, EAST, District Judge.

GOODWIN, Circuit Judge.

A well-known entertainer who performs under the name "Cher" sued a number of defendants for damages allegedly arising out of the unauthorized publication in two magazines of portions of an interview that she had given to a writer for a third, which did not use it. A court trial resulted in judgment for compensatory and punitive damages against all defendants. They appeal.

This controversy began when Fred Robbins taped an hour-and-a...


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