Albert must pay nearly $350,000 in legal fees, triple the
amount a jury said she owes a production company for duping
it with a novel supposedly based on the life of a
prostitute named JT LeRoy, a judge has ruled.
judge Jed S. Kaplan said in an order Monday it was
reasonable for Albert and her company, Underdogs Inc., to
pay legal fees that are triple the $116,500 that a
jury in June found she owes Antidote International
Antidote had asked for $850,000 in fees and $214,000 in
expenses. The judge awarded the Antidote lawyers $279,175 in
fees and $70,325 in expenses, totaling $349,500.
A lawyer for
Albert did not immediately respond to a call for comment
testified at her trial that she was LeRoy, who was promoted
as the male author of Sarah, the tale of a
truck stop prostitute that was marketed as being based
on his life. The jury ordered $110,000 paid to
Antidote and $6,500 in punitive damages.
executive had testified during the trial that he did not
learn until 2006, six years after Sarah was
published, that LeRoy was a fictitious character.
testified she objected to people calling LeRoy a hoax,
saying she did telephone interviews with reporters
under that name because she believed he was inside
trial testimony, Albert's friends donned wigs and posed as
LeRoy at book signings and duped journalists with the phony
back story about truck stop sex. (AP)