Outed blogger Rosemary Port blames model Liskula Cohen for ‘skank’ stink


By George Rush
New York Daily News
Sorry seems to be the hardest word for the blogger who anonymously scorned a model as a “ho” and a “skank,” igniting a legal and media maelstrom.

Speaking out for the first time since a court order forced Google to reveal her identity, blogger Rosemary Port tells the Daily News that model Liskula Cohen should blame herself for the uproar.

“This has become a public spectacle and a circus that is not my doing,” said Port, whose “Skanks in NYC” site branded the 37-year-old Cohen an “old hag.”

“By going to the press, she defamed herself,” Port said.

“Before her suit, there were probably two hits on my Web site: One from me looking at it, and one from her looking at it,” Port said. “That was before it became a spectacle. I feel my right to privacy has been violated.”

The pretty 29-year-old Fashion Institute of Technology student added that she’s furious at Google for revealing her identity, so much so that she plans to file a $15 million federal lawsuit against the Web giant.

“When I was being defended by attorneys for Google, I thought my right to privacy was being protected,” Port said.
“But that right fell through the cracks. Without any warning, I was put on a silver platter for the press to attack me. I would think that a multi-billion dollar conglomerate would protect the rights of all its users.” Full story.

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One Response

  1. I strongly believe that this case will have a great impact on the way a blog is written from now on. The debate resides firmly on whether an individual feels that they can go above and beyond objective criticism and have their anonymity preserved.
    In this case, going above and beyond appears to have been done in a vicious enough manner so that the judge involved had make an example of Rosemary Port, to curb this kind of hide and seek (behind Google) defamation happening again. Rosemary in turn should be glad that Liskula Cohen opted to take no further action. This all begs the question whether Rosemary undertook her anonymous blog in order to avoid a potential defamation case to protect her wallet. Now Port has managed to get away from this case with little or no financial burden, her case against Google could damage the relationship between blog writer’s and Google in the future. Surely we all have to show some common sense in the way we express our opinions, and the legal obligations of the companies we work through.

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