The Hollywood mogul is suing the creators of a free app for making false claims against him. Ryan Kavanaugh, who has been in the business for over two decades, filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and accused Triller Fight of making “false statements with malicious intent.” Ryan Kavanaugh alleges that the makers of Triller Fight falsely stated in an email to Yahoo Finance and other media outlets, such as Variety magazine, that he had sexually assaulted two women. The suit also claims Kavanaugh was accused of rape by a woman named “Mila K.,” identified through her Twitter handle @_shomylma_.
Ryan Kavanaugh is the founder of Relativity Media, well-known for producing films such as “The Social Network” and “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about N.W.A., among many others. Kavanaugh acquired Triller in 2015 but has since sold it to another company called Big Frame. He is suing the makers of Triller for at least $40 million and is demanding a trial by jury. The suit states: “The allegations against Plaintiff in the Triller Defendants’ Defamatory Statements are patently false, and were made with malice.”
Ryan Kavanaugh’s legal representatives stated that their client was never accused of rape or sexual assault while owning Relativity Media.
Kavanaugh’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler of L.A.-based law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Kupp L.L.P. said: “False allegations like these can irreparably damage a person’s reputation and career.” Kavanaugh filed the suit himself without an attorney after finding one that would represent him for free. He told Variety magazine that he was forced to serve Triller himself. It is the first time Kavanaugh has filed a lawsuit without an attorney representing him, although his legal representatives stated that this does not mean he cannot afford one.
Kavanaugh’s lawyers are aware of Mila K. is but have been unsuccessful in identifying her or reaching out to her through Twitter. Kavanaugh’s attorney stated that the app was only accessible for fourteen days, which means it is possible some users deleted their profiles during that time.
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