public figure

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

A person of great public interest or familiarity, such as a government official, politician, celebrity, business leader, movie star, or sports hero. Incorrect harmful statements published about a public figure cannot be the basis of a lawsuit for defamation unless there is proof that the writer or publisher intentionally defamed the person with malice (hate).

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.