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Barbara Walters Lawsuit Dismissed By Massachusetts Judge

Posted: 03/28/2012 2:32 pm Updated: 03/28/2012 3:02 pm

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters got some good news on Wednesday after a Massachusetts judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against her.

In Walters' 2008 memoir, the broadcaster briefly wrote about her daughter's high school friend who was kicked out of school for what Walters called "bad behavior." Following the publication of her book, a woman named Nancy Shay said the high school friend Walters referred to was her. Shay claimed that Walters pressured the school to expel her after the broadcaster found out her daughter and Shay were involved in a lesbian relationship together.

Shay proceeded to sue Walters, claiming that she used her "influence and power" to have Shay expelled from school at the age of 16. She also alleged that Walters then pressured her into staying silent about the relationship, fear of ruining her name.

Walters is not the only famous broadcaster to get sued. Most recently, "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose was sued by a former intern who claimed that the famed television personality and his show violated New York State fair wage laws.

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Television personalities who have been sued:
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  • Charlie Rose

    An intern <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/charlie-rose-intern-sues-host-show-wage-allegations_n_1344970.html?ref=media" target="_hplink">sued Charlie Ros</a>e and his show over fair wage allegations.

  • Rachel Maddow

    Radio host and conservative preacher Bradlee Dean <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/27/rachel-maddow-sued-by-chr_n_911407.html" target="_hplink">sued Maddow and MSNBC</a>, claiming that the host defamed him in a segment.

  • Anderson Cooper

    Remember Anderson Cooper's swanky converted New York City firehouse? The CNN anchor was sued over it. Brooklyn-based interior designer Killian O'Brien was working on the home, and <a href="http://www.examiner.com/celebrity-headlines-in-providence/cnn-anchor-anderson-cooper-being-sued-by-injured-woman" target="_hplink">filed a lawsuit </a>claiming that she was injured on the job. She said she fell 17 feet through a hole that once held the station's fire pole.

  • Nancy Grace

    Grace <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20045478-504083.html" target="_hplink">was sued</a> after the suicide of a woman who she had interviewed the previous day. The CNN host had questioned the woman about the disappearance of her son, and the woman's family members alleged that the interview caused severe emotional distress.

  • Alex Witt

    Witt <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20045478-504083.html" target="_hplink">was sued by a former friend</a> who alleged that the MSNBC host owed her $65,000.

  • Ed Schultz

    Schultz <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/ed-schultz-sued-by-nbc-em_n_860455.html" target="_hplink">was sued</a> for by an NBC employee who claimed that he helped the MSNBC host break into TV and never got the cut he was promised.

  • Ryan Seacrest

    Seacrest <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/11/18/ryan-seacrest-lawsuit-shahs-of-sunset/" target="_hplink">was sued by a woman</a> who claimed she was demeaned and humiliated during the filming of his reality show "Shahs of Sunset."

  • Ann Curry

    Ann Curry and her husband Brian Ross faced a 2006 lawsuit over <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/15/ann-curry-homeless-house_n_926933.html" target="_hplink">their Upper West Side home</a>. Neighbors complained about noise and safety issues from construction on the house, and expressed concern that homeless squatters would start fires.

  • Keith Olbermann

    Keith Olbermann <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/01/keith-olbermann-sued-by-video-blogger/" target="_hplink">was sued</a> by conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe after David Schuster described him as "a convicted felon" and a suspect in a rape allegation made by a former co-worker.

  • Barbara Walters

    Barbara Walters <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/barbara-walters-fights-defamation-lawsuit-215585" target="_hplink">was sued by a woman</a> who claimed that she was defamed in Walters' 2008 autobiography.

  • Oprah Winfrey

    The daytime diva has been sued at least <a href="http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-16/entertainment/oprah.school.lawsuit_1_defamation-suit-oprah-winfrey-abuse-scandal?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ" target="_hplink">one</a>, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/12/oprah-sued-by-flight-atte_n_317517.html" target="_hplink">two</a>, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1998/01/21/us/talk-of-the-town-burgers-v-oprah.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm" target="_hplink">three</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/30/oprah-winfrey-sued-own-slogan_n_914011.html" target="_hplink">four</a> times.

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