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This Rue89 article triggered a libel lawsuit. (Credit: Rue89, Google Translate, screenshot detail)

The daughter of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov sued French news website Rue89 for labeling her a “dictator’s daughter” and claiming she paid actress Monica Bellucci more than $200,000 for her attendance at a party, The Telegraph reported.

But, the French court ruled the Rue89 report “was both fair and true.”  This Nov. 11, 2009 report claims Belucci was paid

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Rue89’s Augustin Schalbert commented “It’s very positive for Rue89 and journalism, and very, very negative for Uzbekistan.”

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