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Carradines Sue People Magazine

April 28, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Kung Fu″ actor David Carradine and wife Marina Anderson didn’t think much of a Jan. 11 write-up in People, so they sued for libel and breach of contract.

The lawsuit accuses People parent Time Warner Inc. of violating a ``gentleman’s agreement″ for a ``nice″ story in exchange for the couple dropping a lawsuit against another of Time Warner’s subsidiaries, Who Weekly in Australia.

Instead, People wrote of alleged substance abuse and called Carradine ``washed up,″ ``unemployable″ and ``a drunk.″ The story also falsely stated that he was ``court-martialed out of the Army,″ said the couple’s attorney, Neville L. Johnson.

Time Warner magazine chief Norman Pearlstine met personally with the couple and ``profusely apologized″ for the Who Weekly piece that called Anderson a porn star, according to the lawsuit filed Monday. He had promised that a nice story on the Carradines would be done for People or Entertainment Weekly, the suit said.

People magazine said it stands behind its story.

``The lawsuit is totally false and we intend to demonstrate in court that their lawsuit is totally without merit,″ People magazine spokeswoman Susan Ollinick said.

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