Perez Hilton is entitled to nearly $85,000 to pay his
legal costs in a defamation lawsuit brought by a friend of
actress Lindsay Lohan, a judge ruled Wednesday.
real name is Mario Lavandeira, also can receive an
additional $2,000 if he requests it, superior court judge
Elihu M. Berle said.
will take steps to make sure every dime is collected,''
said his lawyer, Bryan J. Freedman. ''This should make one
careful before filing a lawsuit against him.''
who sued Hilton last year, was a passenger in Lohan's
car when it crashed into a tree in Beverly Hills in May. She
sued Hilton for repeating on his website a report from
another site stating that she planted cocaine that was
found in Lohan's car.
The judge removed
Hilton from the lawsuit last November after the
blogger's attorneys argued he was protected by free speech
attorney, David M. Bass, unsuccessfully argued that Hilton's
lawyers' fees were excessive and that he should get no more
than $13,400 to recover his legal costs.
Wednesday he was considering whether to take further legal
''We would like
an opportunity for the court to consider all the facts,''
he said. (AP)