libel

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libel

1. Law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. Ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
3. Scots law the formal statement of a charge
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GUILTY Amaral libelled Madeleine's anguished parents
For instance, when the film director Roman Polanski believed he had been libelled by a brief remark in a Vanity Fair article on New York's Elaine's restaurant, he was advised that his case would not be sympathetically heard in the US.
Nichols also claims that Moore libelled him in the film by linking him to the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.