After receiving numerous death threats over Facebook, former porn star Paree La’Tiejira, aka Lady Paree, has filed a $1 billion federal lawsuit in the southern district of Texas against the social media site and its CEO accusing them of libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
La’Tiejira - a 41-year-old biological female - says she moved in Los Angeles to pursue a career in the porn industry in 1993. Two years later, she moved to Houston, Texas.
In 2009, she sued Leisure Time Entertainment and a man named Mark C Carriere in Indiana court, accusing them of publishing false and defamatory statements claiming she was born with both male and female body parts.
Both of those defendants in the case were in the porn industry, with Carriere being known at one point as ‘The King of Porn’.
La’Tiejira, who is currently unemployed, claimed that the statements caused her to be battered and assaulted by fans and has been at risk for violent interactions ever since.
At one point, she now claims in court documents, an ex-fan slashed her with a knife, slicing her face open from her left temple to her lower chin on the left side, while declaring she used to be a man.
During the 2009 trial, the court found that La’Tiejira was in fact born a woman and had never undergone surgeries to alter her biological sex.
In January 2010 she was awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages.
But following the suit, La’Tiejira claims that the defendants continued to publish false statements that she was born a man through Facebook pages operated and managed by the social media site and Zuckerberg.
‘Such intentional, malicious, or grossly negligent publication by defendants has caused her economic and compensatory damages, as well as emotional distress and physical pain so severe that she has had to seek professional assistance to cope with the damages caused by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg,’ court documents state.
The former porn star is demanding $1billion in damages, claiming Zuckerberg and Facebook caused her to suffer and continue to make her suffer.