On August 2, 1989, Bobby Berosini, a Las Vegas night club entertainer with an orangutan
act, filed suit at the Clark County, Nevada, District Court for defamation, misappropriation of
name, likeness, and character (for fund-raising using his name), and invasion of privacy against PETA, PAWS, and other individuals. In the lawsuit Berosini claimed:
The Bobby Berosini
PETA filed a counterclaim against Berosini, requesting confiscation of the orangutans due
to Berosini's alleged abuse. The court dismissed the counterclaim "with prejudice."On August 11, 1990, the jury ruled in favor of Berosini and against PETA, PAWS, Jeanne
Roush, Pat Derby, and Ottavio Gesmundo as follows:
| PETA had contact with entertainers in the production show in which Berosini's orangutans appeared;|
| PETA identified Berosini as a principal target in their fund-raising campaign based on
stopping the use of animals in entertainment;|
|an entertainer working with PETA secretly filmed Berosini trying to get the animals
| PETA edited and altered the tapes and then distributed the doctored tapes;|
|PETA waged a massive misinformation media campaign, falsely accusing Berosini of
criminal animal abuse;|
| PETA falsely called him a child abuser;|
| PETA falsely accused him of beating the orangutans with a steel pipe;|
| PETA falsely stated that the striking of the orangutans was routine and unprovoked;|
|US Department of Agriculture conducted an investigation and found no signs of abuse;
|the producer of the tape admitted he altered the sound and the visual portion of the tape
in order to sensationalize the tape.|
|• ||Invasion of privacy, unreasonable intrusion upon seclusion of another:|
| Ottavio Gesmundo, $250,000|
|• ||Invasion of privacy, appropriation of another's name or likeness:|
| PETA, general and special damages, $500,000|
| Jeanne Roush, general and special damages, $250,000|
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Book title: Animal Rights:History and Scope of a Radical Social Movement.
Contributors: Harold D. Guither - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1998.
Page number: 233.
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