Libel Lawsuit Over “Son of a Hitman” Podcast
A bit about the podcast from Gina Tron (Oxygen):
A new podcast explores the sordid criminal career of Woody Harrelson’s father, a convicted murderer who worked as a hitman-for-hire…. While Woody Harrelson … isn’t involved in the podcast, his brothers Brett and Jordan do participate…. [Charles Harrelson] was convicted of the 1979 assassination of federal judge John H. Wood Jr…. Wood was the first federal judge to have been killed during the 20th century.
From the Complaint in Parker v. Spotify USA, Inc., filed today on behalf of Dr. Chrysanthe Parker, who was a prosecution witness in the Wood murder trial:
When the podcast was finally released, the host labeled Dr. Parker as “a very unusual witness,” and used that phrase as the title to Episode 6, which featured her interview. He cast her as the “star witness” and focused almost singularly on the fact that the FBI had attempted to use hypnosis to conduct some interviews with her, calling it a “display of questionable judgment.” He used only selected portions of her interview to lead the audience to the conclusion that Charles Harrelson’s conviction relied on information obtained through her hypnosis, and that Dr. Parke
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