September 2, 2014
A judge says celebrity blogger Perez Hilton will receive nearly $85,000 to pay his legal costs in a defamation lawsuit brought by a friend of actress Lindsay Lohan.
The judge says Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, also can receive an additional $2,000 if he requests it.
Samantha Ronson, who sued Hilton last year, was a passenger in Lohan's car when it crashed into a tree in Beverly Hills last May.
She sued Hilton for repeating on his Web site a report from CelebrityBabylon.com that stated she planted cocaine that was found
in Lohan's car.
The judge removed Hilton from the lawsuit last November after the blogger's attorneys argued he was protected by free speech rights.