Payne vs. Sanello

Robert C Graham

Case Conclusion Date:February 2, 2002

Practice Area:Litigation

Outcome:Settlement in Favor of Client

Description:In the Naked Truth, the Unauthorized Biography of Sharon Stone, author Frank Sanello defamed Sharon Stone and her friend Janice K. Payne. After an interview with a local socialite who had been snubbed by Sharon Stone, Sanello printed that Payne and Stone had engaged in a sexual encounter in the women's bathroom during a charity event. Stone and Payne admitted to escaping into a stall to have a private discussion about Payne's pending divorce and Stone was seeking privacy from the Hollywood crowd. The accusation had no basis in fact and even the socialite was vague as to what she had actually seen and heard.