Jury Orders Zsa Zsa and Her Husband to Pay Elke Sommer $2 Million
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Zsa Zsa Gabor and her husband were slapped with a $2 million libel verdict for telling German publications that Elke Sommer is a haggard Hollywood has- been.
A jury Monday ordered Miss Gabor to pay $800,000 in actual damages, while her husband, Frederick von Anhalt, was ordered to pay $1.2 million.
The Superior Court jury was to consider punitive damages today. The German- born Miss Sommer, who starred in such movies as ″The Money Trap″ and ″The Prisoner of Zenda,″ sought $10 million.
Miss Gabor said she would appeal. ″Her reaction is that they’ll never get a nickel,″ said her spokesman, Phil Paladino.
The lawsuit stemmed from three 1990 articles in the women’s magazine Freizeit Revue and the newspaper Bild.
In the Freizeit Revue, Miss Gabor was quoted as saying Miss Sommer hung out in shabby bars and supported herself by knitting and selling sweaters for $150 apiece.
Miss Sommer insisted in the article that she was worth the equivalent of about $17 million and that Miss Gabor made the comments because Miss Sommer once accused Miss Gabor of having a big rear end.
Bild quoted von Anhalt as saying that Miss Sommer claimed to be 49 when she was 62 and that she was balding and looked like she was a century old.
In 1990, Miss Gabor was sentenced to 120 hours of community service for slapping a Beverly Hills police officer during a traffic stop.