False light

One of several torts under the category of invasion_of_privacy where a defendant is accused of spreading falsehoods about a plaintiff that would be considered objectionable by the average person. This tort overlaps with defamation, where the lies spread can also be defamatory; however, the key difference of the tort of false light from defamation is that under the tort of false light, a plaintiff can receive damages for the emotional harm that he or she suffered by the spread of the falsehood. Good faith on the part of the defendant, such as the defendant not knowing that what he was telling others was a lie, is not a defense to this tort.

 

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