New York (NY) – A thin Canadian woman, who has made a career of renting out her body as a clothes horse for designer garments, has taken umbrage at an anonymous blogger’s description of her as a skank, ho and whore.
Liskula Cohen is a Canadian-born fashion model based in New York, who has appeared on the covers of several fashion magazines including Vogue and Elle. Now a judge has ruled that Google must reveal the name of the disenchanted blogger who posted pictures of Cohen in ‘provocative poses’ and described her as ‘The skankiest in NYC’.
The Manhattan Supreme Court judge has announced that placing such epithets as ‘ho’ and ‘skank” alongside such images might create ‘a negative implication of sexual promiscuity’.
Back in January, Cohen sued Google to discover the name of the person behind the “Skanks in NYC” blog on its Blogger.com service. Now Justice Joan Madden of the New York State Supreme Court has rejected the blogger’s argument that blogs serve as a modern day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting, and that the statements in this action when considered in that context, cannot be reasonably understood as factual assertions.
The judge ruled that Cohen is entitled to know the name of the person who posted remarks such as: “I would have to say the first-place award for ‘Skankiest in NYC’ would have to go to Liskula Gentile Cohen.”
Said Cohen: “Why should anybody let it go? If somebody attacks somebody on the street, you’re not going to let it go – why should I just ignore it?”
When Google supplied the IP address of the un-named blogger, it turned out to be an old, female, friend of the model. The gracious Cohen told ABC News: “Thank God it was her. She’s an irrelevant person in my life. She’s just somebody that, whenever I would go out to a restaurant, to a party in New York City, she was just that girl that was always there.”
The blog contained two photographs of Cohen and an unidentified man in ‘sexually suggestive’ positions. The accompanying captions described her as ‘a psychotic, lying, whoring skank’, adding that ‘desperation seeps from her soul, if she even has one.’
Cohen’s legal team is now planning a defamation suit against the blogger.