Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has been summoned to court to face questioning over claims Lindsay Lohan's best friend was linked to revealing gossip about the actress.
DJ Samantha Ronson - younger sister of British-born producer Mark - filed a defamation lawsuit against Hilton in July (07) after he accused the star of being responsible for the cocaine found in Lohan's car following her (May07) arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).
Ronson has also named the Sunset Photo agency in her $20 million (GBP10 million) suit.
In a supplemental declaration filed with Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (08Oct07), Ronson said, "I am not now and have never been a drug user. I have never handled or touched cocaine. I did not ever place any cocaine at any place at any time."
But Hilton - real name Mario Lavandeira - is standing by his report as "accurate and trustworthy", and his rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
His lawyer, Bryan J. Freedman, said, "He (Lavandeira) stands by his actions as being legal and proper and believes that the First Amendment protects him."
Freedman also claims Judge Elihu M. Berle's Wednesday (10Oct07) court order for Hilton's deposition was just to give the prosecution another chance at trying him for defamation.
He added: "The judge at this point found that they (Ronson's attorneys) didn't provide any evidence of malice... so the judge was going to give them one more bite of the apple (by allowing the deposition).
"If Ms. Ronson is attempting to get some sort of relief in court and to show that Mario Lavandeira had any malice, I think she's going to a hardware store for milk. It's just not going to happen."