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Gawker Responds To Tarantino Lawsuit; Says Director Publicized Leak

Submitted by on January 30, 2014 – 9:29 amNo Comment

The website Gawker is firing back at director Quentin Tarantino’s lawsuit. Utilizing a tried-and-true legal strategy, the gossip site is countering a big, possibly exaggerated accusation with an even bigger one: that the director himself “wants” the script online.

In a post, Gawker refuted Tarantino in numerous points, saying that he “deliberately turned the leak into a story” by going to the media about it, and he “wanted [the script] to be published on the internet.” The site noted a quotation Tarantino made earlier in episode when the leak was more contained, when he said he liked people reading his script.

DrJay’s earlier reported that Tarantino angrily canceled development of his latest script last week after copies of it began circulating in Hollywood. Entitled The Hateful Eight, it was another Western (like his last film, Django Unchained), and Tarantino was reportedly recruiting Bruce Dern and Christoph Waltz for roles.

The director told Deadline Hollywood that he gave the script to only six people, including a producer and three actors: Michael Madsen, Dern, and Tim Roth. He suspects the script was given to one of their agents, and then leaked.

The script eventually found its way to anonymous filesharing sites AnonFiles and Scribd, where it was linked to by Defamer, a website on the Gawker media network.

Tarantino accused the site of posting the script itself under the cover of anonymity; Gawker vehemently denies this.

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