Robert Steinbuch, known to the readers of the Washingtonienne blog as "RS," filed suit against Jessica Cutler yesterday in D.C. federal court. Steinbuch is suing for "[i]nvasion of privacy for public revelation of private facts" on her "publicly available 'blog,'" including "RS had my boss ask me out for him!," "has a great ass," and "likes spanking (both giving and receiving)."
There's nothing like a lawsuit to shut a story down, of course. (Apparently Steinbuch thought a doing a reading of the "blog's" nasty bits on the Times Square Jumbtron would be too subtle.) And what with the book's decidedly tepid reception, a hot legal battle -- imagine an evidentiary hearing on the truth of "great ass," for instance -- is just what the publisher ordered. We hope that Jessica is thinking what we're thinking: sequel.
In other news, my book, Dog Days, contains a scene where an ABC reporter named Blake Kapper admits to "liking pretty girls." If anyone wants to sue, it's A-N-A, space, M-A-R-I-E, space, C-O-X.
Case summary after the jump. And, just FYI: We made a phone call (maybe two) about this and everything. Don't tell anyone.
Robert Steinbuch v. Jessica Cutler
5/16/2005 1-05-cv-0970 PLF
Invasion of privacy for public revelation of private facts alleged by staff attorney employed by US Senator Michael DeWine on as Judiciary Committee counsel to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, with an office in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Plaintiff, who is single, has no children and has never been married, alleges defendant published on her publicly available "blog" graphic details of their sexual relationship, including "RS had my boss ask me out for him!," "has a great ass," and "likes spanking (both giving and receiving)." Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages. Available for immediate download
Plaintiff's lawyer is Jonathan Rosen