Model Liskula Cohen sues Google over blogger's 'skank' comment
By Jose Martinez, Staff Writer
January 6 2009
A Vogue cover girl is suing Google in an attempt to unmask the blogger who trashed her as a "skank" and an "old hag."
Liskula Cohen, a blond beauty who has modeled for Giorgio Armani and Versace, made headlines last year when a doorman at a Manhattan hot spot was jailed after smashing her in the face with a vodka bottle.
Now she wants to force Google to reveal who slammed her online as the "#1 skanky superstar" on a blog hosted by the search engine's subsidiary.
"It's petty, it's stupid and it's pathetic," Cohen said of the sniping. "And when I do find out who did this, at least I'll know who my enemies are."
The defamation suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, seeks a court order compelling Google and its Blogger.com service to identify whoever led the vicious Internet assault against Cohen.
Her lawyer Steven Wagner conceded it's not easy to identify bloggers who lob insults anonymously, as New York courts have generally declined to force them into the light.
"We think we have a case," he said. "This is libelous, it's defamatory and you shouldn't just get away with this."
On the site, Cohen is ridiculed as a desperate "fortysomething" who "may have been hot 10 years ago."
The Canadian cutie is actually 36, according to records.
"Desperation seeps from her soul, if she even has one," the site spews.
The stinging posts have been met on the blog with fiery comments in Cohen's defense from someone identified only as "liveandlove."
"Are you one of those little dumpy girls who hang off her every word?" liveandlove wrote. "Or do you wait three hours in line at a club, when she breezes right in?" Cohen's mystery defender also theorized that the mean posts were the work of a "silly, silly fat girl."
"Tell me, are you easier to walk over or around?" liveandlove wrote. Cohen tearfully said she's disgusted by the site.
"I'm tall, I'm blond, I've been modeling for many years, and people get jealous," she said. "If I had to deal with everyone who is jealous, I wouldn't have time to do anything else."
Google declined to discuss specifics in Cohen's complaint.