Hollywood Docket: December 13, 2007

Lohan bodygaurd claims defamation in Star Magazine

Renard v. American Media, Case No. BC381525 (Los Angeles Superior Ct.), filed Nov. 30.

Claims: Libel, infliction of emotional distress, negligence.

Allegations: In an article purporting to explore the "Sick Secret World" of Lindsay Lohan, Star magazine quoted Lee Weaver, a bodyguard for the starlet. A photograph accompanying the article shows Lohan with a bodyguard incorrectly identified as Weaver. The bodyguard in the photo is in fact plaintiff Andrae Renard, who worked for Lohan from October 2004 to March 2005. As a result of the misidentification, "Plaintiff's credibility amongst his celebrity and high net worth clients, who insist on confidentiality, has significantly diminished."

Filing attorneys: Gregory Stone and Catherine Lee of Stone Rosenblatt in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Metrano v. 20th Century Fox, Case No. 07-CV-07916 (USDC, C. Calif.), filed Dec. 5.

Claims: Copyright infringement, publicity rights violations.

Allegations: Plaintiff is the creator of "The Amazing Metrano" comedy routine, first performed on TV in 1969. Fox misappropriated the routine in "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story," a movie based on the TV series "The Family Guy." A scene depicting Jesus Christ "performing miraculous (but unimpressive) deeds before an animated crowd ... consists of the comedy routine identical in music, sound and action to 'The Amazing Metrano.'"

Filing attorney: Paul Hittleman of Los Angeles.