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If you said something jokingly to a public figure in private and they go public with it and say its not a joke is that slander?

Fort Lauderdale, FL |

Teasing a public official that you thought you had a joking relationship with later gets mad at you for something unrelated and uses this private incident to go public against you

Attorney Answers 4


  1. Defamation must be done in public so that others hear the slander that injures reputation.

    You say it was said "in private" so what does that mean?

    Jokes can be defamatory.


  2. You have a lot to prove. You have to prove that the person knew the info was false, told other people the false info, and then you were economically harmed as a result of same. If you think that you can prove all of that, seek an attorney's assistance. This will likely be a long, hard and expensive battle. Good luck.

    The above is general information only and is not legal advice. The information provided does not form an attorney-client relationship, and should not be relied upon to take or refrain from taking any action. I am not your attorney until we sign a retainer agreement.


  3. Defamation requires statement to be to third party. Also, defamation cases are very expensive, so the person wouldn't likely spend the money to retain a lawyer.


  4. He just repeated in public what you said in private so what he said you said is true. His spin on what you said is just his opinion. Move on.