She did lose her suit. And the company didn't violate her rights. She essentially asked them to verify her age... and they did. So she tried it Read the bold if you want just the facts. She really didn't have a case, but she has great taste in loungerie!
SEATTLE — A federal jury in Seattle on Thursday rejected a claim
brought by a little-known actress who first lied about how old she was
on the popular Internet Movie Database, then sued the company when it
published her true age.
Huong Hoang goes by the stage name Junie Hoang and has appeared in such
films as “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” and “Hoodrats 2:
Her lawsuit generated a lot of media attention when she filed it —
anonymously, at first — in 2011. She said she intended for her case to
highlight online privacy as well as age discrimination in Hollywood, and
she initially sought $1 million in damages.
“My hope was that it would make a change in the database,” Hoang told
The Associated Press after the verdict. “I knew it was a problem not
just for me but for anyone else who had their age on their profile.”
The 41-year-old claimed offers for roles dried up after the popular
online movie database mined her account information to learn her true
age, then posted it on her profile in 2008. She sued for breach of
contract, and the case went to trial this week. The judge dismissed
IMDb’s parent company, Amazon.com, as a defendant before the trial.
IMDb argued that it has a First Amendment right to publish accurate
information. It also said Hoang couldn’t prove she lost any money or
roles because of it, and even if she could, she couldn’t prove it was
“Hoang did not present any testimony, documents, or other evidence
supporting her damages allegations of lost income and profits,” the
company’s lawyers wrote in a court filing at the end of the trial.
IMDb.com is an searchable database that includes more than 2 million
pages for movies, television and entertainment programs, as well as 4
million cast and crew members.
Actress Junie Hoang, pictured in a publicity shot, starred in movies like ‘Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver’
Hoang signed up for a subscription service with the website called IMDb
Pro. The service is designed for entertainment industry professionals.
It provides contact information and other details for the actors,
actresses, directors and others listed.
She said she initially listed a false birth year — 1978, instead of
1971 — because she usually plays characters younger than she is.
But eventually, she moved from her hometown of Houston, Texas, to the
more competitive entertainment market of Los Angeles, and as what would
have been her fake 30th birthday approached, she decided she didn’t want
any age listed on her profile.
IMDb refused to remove the age listed unless she could provide evidence
that it was incorrect. She asked the company to check its records to
see if it had any information that would substantiate that age.
The company did so — using her account information to find her real
name, and then using her real name to conduct a public records search
and discover her true age. IMDb posted her real age on her profile, over
She claimed that the company breached its contract with her by misusing
the account information she provided in violation of its privacy
that it maintained its customers’ information “for such purposes as
responding to your requests.”
Hoang said she plans to keep acting.
She played Sandy in “Gingerdead Man 3,” a sequel to a 2005 Gary Busey
movie in which “an evil yet adorable gingerbread man comes to life with
the soul of a convicted killer,” according to a description on IMDb.
Edited by Tbaby - Apr 16 2013 at 7:58am