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Phoebe Bridgers wins dismissal of defamation lawsuit

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Phoebe Bridgers won a legal victory Wednesday, as a Los Angeles judge agreed to dismiss a $3.8 million defamation lawsuit filed against her, Rolling Stone reports.
 
The suit had been filed in September 2021 by recording studio owner Chris Nelson, after Bridgers posted on Instagram that she had witnessed abusive behavior by Nelson.
 
Nelson claimed Bridgers “maliciously and intentionally” posted “false” statements about him. In an August court appearance, Bridgers requested a dismissal of the suit, arguing she was protected by the First Amendment.
 
“We feel vindicated that the court recognized this lawsuit as frivolous and without merit. It was not grounded in law, or facts, but was filed with the sole intention of causing harm to our client’s reputation and career,” Bridgers’ spokesperson told Rolling Stone in a statement. “This victory is important not just for our client but for all those she was seeking to protect by using her platform.”

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