The judge rules that the former professional tennis player can proceed with the defamation case

A retired professional tennis player who sued an architect and the businessman’s wife, claiming their false public statements that he was a wife beater caused three private clubs to revoke his membership, may go further away with the defamation suit against the pair, a judge. ruled on Tuesday.

Justin Gimelstob filed the lawsuit in September 2021 in Santa Monica Superior Court against Richard Landry, president and founder of Landry Design Group, and Landry’s husband, Christopher Drugan.

After hearing arguments Tuesday, Judge Mark A. Young denied an anti-strategic challenge to the public participation motion filed by the defendants, whose attorneys argued in court filings that the law prohibits Gimelstob’s “obvious efforts to restrain and punish Landry’s free speech rights. and Drugan by filing the instant suit.”

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