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Presley Wins Defamation Lawsuit

August 25, 1998

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Priscilla Presley won $75,000 in a defamation lawsuit against a man who claimed they had an affair before she married Elvis Presley.

Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Curry ruled Aug. 19 that Lavern Currie Grant, a former Army buddy of Presley’s, made false statements that were repeated and used as the source for the book ``Child Bride: The Untold Story of Priscilla Beaulieu Presley″ by Suzanne Finstad.

Ms. Presley has long assured the world she was a virgin when she married The King.

Grant was ordered to pay $75,000. Ms. Presley had sued for at least $10 million.

Ms. Finstad wasn’t sued. Grant could not be located Tuesday.

``I am very pleased that I have been vindicated by this judgment,″ Ms. Presley said in a statement.

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