De Havilland Takes FX 'Feud' Fight To Supreme Court

Law360 (October 9, 2018, 9:01 PM EDT) -- Actress Olivia de Havilland is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a lawsuit she filed over the way she was portrayed in the FX docudrama "Feud: Bette and Joan," pressing the justices to reject an “absolutist view of the First Amendment.”

In a Friday petition to the high court, de Havilland warned that a California appellate court ruling that rejected her case against FX threatened to create “an absolute First Amendment immunity for docudramas,” even if they publicize “known falsehoods.”

“The First Amendment does not protect knowing or reckless publication of a falsehood, even if such falsehoods are artfully constructed...

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