A Hollywood actor, whose comedy hit was the target of a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by a tabloid, is suing The Wrap for defamation over his claims.
Mackenzie Harnish filed a $15M defamation lawsuit Wednesday against the publication for publishing an article on her life in the early 1990s that depicted her as a “bitter, bitter bitch” and “a big bitch.”
Harnish said The Wrap violated her right to free speech by publishing the article, which was based on a “fact-based account.”
The Wrap, which has a history of publishing false and defamatory articles, has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Harnis claims The Wrap published an article about her life based on what she told The Associated Press.
She has been in a relationship with actor/comedian Ben Schwartz, who was an executive producer on the movie, The Hangover.
Hornish said in a statement that the story was false and misleading.
“The allegations that I am an angry, bitter, bitch and a big bitch are false and damaging,” she said.
“They are not based on anything I have said or done, and they are not supported by the facts I presented.”
Hornis, who plays actress Ellen Pompeo in The Hangovers, said the piece was based solely on an anonymous source and that she had never spoken to Schwartz or anyone else about the story.
Harmonize Entertainment, the publisher of The Wrap, did not immediately respond to a call for comment Wednesday.
The Wrap is owned by News Corp., which owns The Associated News.