public figure

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public figure

n.
1. A famous person whose life and behavior are the focus of intense public interest and scrutiny.
2. Law A person who is determined to be sufficiently well-known or famous as to prevail in a lawsuit for libel or slander only when the defendant is shown to have acted with malice.
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Noun1.public figure - a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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1980) (ruling that the president of the second largest cooperative in the country was only a limited public figure); see also Wolston v.
(74) The court found that the question of whether Carpenter was a public figure "would be important to her IIED claim if that claim, like her defamation claim, turned on the truth or falsity of Leykis's words about Carpenter." (75) In other words, if Carpenter's IIED claim was based on the same speech that gave rise to her defamation claim, she would have to prove the falsity of the speech, and, if she were a public figure or a limited public figure, she would also have to "prove actual malice to prevail on her IIED claim." (76)
On one hand, the judge found Mzamane to be a limited public figure largely on the basis of her involvement with Winfrey, which means a much higher burden for proving a defamation claim.

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