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One of the limitations on free speech is defamation -- you can't simply make false and damaging statements about someone else. That said, just because information tends to damage a person's reputation doesn't make it defamation. The statement must also be false.

Additionally, the press are afforded some increased legal protections in the interest of reporting the news, and public figures are afforded fewer protections as they thrust themselves into the public eye and invite close scrutiny. Both factors could come into play in Steve Wynn's defamation against the Associated Press, with the casino mogul claiming the AP reported "false accusations of rape."

Court Rejects Lindsay Lohan's 'Grand Theft Auto' Appeal

It feels like anytime you read a headline with Lindsay Lohan's name in it, you should immediately picture that gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn. "This should be good." Well, Ms. Lohan took another hit last week when a court rejected her case against Grand Theft Auto for featuring a blonde in a bikini making a peace sign. That probably makes sense, since that description would likely make a fair number of current spring breakers shout, "OMG, it's me!"

Needless to say, it wasn't a great year for Hollywood in the press, as headlines were dominated by the biggest names in acting and producing being facing numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey and even KISS front man Gene Simmons, the entertainment industry was rocked with civil lawsuits, and quite a few celebrities faced criminal charges this year as well.

Here are the major legal stories involving celebrities from 2017:

For fans of Louis CK, the recent news about the allegations against the comedian may not entirely be a surprise. After all, his comedy has always walked that fine line between inappropriate but still funny, and just totally wrong, which most "R" rated comics are known for walking.

In short, CK, allegedly, has a storied history of indecent exposure and sexual misconduct. It is claimed that he has exposed himself to several female comedians that he worked with in the past. Also, it is alleged that he would also go so far as to masturbate in front of others without consent. Given the current climate in Hollywood is finally recognizing that sexual misconduct has been a longstanding problem in the industry, these allegations have resulted in some serious fallout for the comedian.

Back in September, writer Meghan Herning posted a lengthy critique of Taylor Swift to the blog PopFront entitled "Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation." In it, Herring describes how the alt-right has latched onto Swift's songs in the past, and argues the lyrics and video for her latest single, "Look What You Made Me Do," and the accompanying music video bear "uncanny and unsettling" similarities to Hitler's rallies.

Swift's camp was, perhaps understandably, less than pleased. But rather than address the opinion directly via a statement or interview, Swift sent Herning a cease and desist letter, asking that the post be removed. Herning, perhaps understandably, sought the counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union. And rather than acquiesce to Swift's demands, the ACLU sent a pretty sternly worded letter of its own.

In a roundabout statement that ended with him coming out as gay, Kevin Spacey conceded he may have made sexual advances on actor Anthony Rapp when Rapp was just 14 years old. The statement caused furor in LGBTQ communities, bolstered more accusers to come forward, and led to the end of Spacey's popular Netflix drama "House of Cards."

While Spacey's reputation has certainly been damaged, will Rapp's allegations or Spacey's apology lead to any legal consequences for the actor?

The attorney-advisor for Harvey Weinstein, of the Weinstein Company, and Hollywood producer fame, just quit. Lisa Bloom, who gave an interview to Good Morning America, has been credited with calling the actions of Harvey Weinstein "gross." Additionally, in response to questioning about whether the sexual harassment of Weinstein was illegal, she agreed, but called his actions "workplace misconduct" rather than sexual harassment.

If you're just learning about this now, you've got a lot of catching up to do.

Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential nominee and politician, filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times this week in federal court. The case is over an editorial article that was published on June of this year which allegedly asserted that Palin incited the 2011 shooting that left congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely injured.

The original piece has since been edited. However, allegedly, Palin's crosshair's map was linked to the 2011 shooting in the opinion piece. The article discussed the state of American politics after the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise, on June 14, 2017, at a charity softball game practice.

While the exact amount of money Palin is seeking is not mentioned in the suit, she claims that her damages are minimally $75,000.

It's gotta be hard if you're a struggling artist and you think a major studio ripped off your idea. What's even harder, though, is backdating that idea, forging some sketches, and suing said studio in an attempt to extort a multimillion dollar settlement.

So hard in fact, that you'll probably be forced to withdraw your civil lawsuit, then get charged, indicted, and convicted on federal fraud and perjury charges, sentenced to two years in prison, and forced to pay the studio $3 million. Irony, right?

When it comes to child custody disputes, courts are generally going to be most concerned with what is in the best interests of the children. This usually includes figuring out which parent will provide a better, or more stable, household.

When it comes to celebrity child custody disputes, sometimes how a celebrity publicly portrays themselves can have an impact on a court's best interests inquiry. This is becoming rather clear in the recent Alex Jones child custody matter. While the judge in the matter has cautioned against turning the custody trial into a trial of Jones's talk show persona, there will likely be some evidence introduced linking Jones's real personal beliefs to the conspiracies and hate he promotes on his show.