A Massachusetts judge has thrown out a $85 million (GBP43 million) lawsuit against Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore, by an Iraq war veteran who claimed he was falsely portrayed in FAHRENHEIT 9/11.
Sergeant Peter Damon, a National Guardsman from Massachusetts who lost both his arms in the Iraq war, claims the 2004 film caused him "a loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation" after it featured a clip of an interview he did with NBC's NIGHTLY NEWS.
Damon claims the way Moore edited the clip made him look to be anti-war by depicting him as "voicing a complaint about the war effort", when he was actually complaining about "the excruciating type of pain" from his injuries.
However, federal JUDGE DOUGLAS WOODLOCK dismissed the suit on Wednesday (20DEC06).
Leaving court, Damon said, "We took the action not only to hold Michael Moore accountable but also to clear my name and to let everyone know that I do not hold the same positions as Michael Moore on the Iraq war or on PRESIDENT (GEORGE W) Bush."