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Elizabeth Taylor Sues National Enquirer for $20 Million

September 26, 1990

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Elizabeth Taylor has filed a $20 million libel suit against the National Enquirer, claiming the supermarket tabloid falsely labeled her a heavy drinker with a disfiguring disease.

The Superior Court lawsuit filed Tuesday said the actress was hospitalized with near-fatal pneumonia when a front-page headline June 12 screamed: ″Liz Docs Furious. She’s Boozing it Up in the Hospital.″

The lawsuit also cited a Jan. 19 article headlined: ″Liz’s Beautiful Face Ravaged by Killer Disease. Doctors Order Suicide Watch After They Finally Diagnose the Mystery Illness.″

The lawsuit said that story suggested Miss Taylor had lupus, a destructive skin condition.

Miss Taylor claimed the Enquirer was notified about inaccuracies in its stories and headlines before publication.

Iain Calder, National Enquirer editor and president, wasn’t in the office late Tuesday at the newspaper’s Lantana, Fla., headquarters, a receptionist said.

Miss Taylor’s publicist, Chen Sam, did not immediately return calls after business hours Tuesday.

In 1983, Miss Taylor acknowledged a 35-year addiction to sleeping pills and painkillers. She has been treated for alcohol and drug abuse.

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