January 7, 1995 in Nation/World

Lawyer Loses Libel Suit Against Kitty Kelley

Compiled From Wire Services

A lawyer who sued Kitty Kelley for libel after she cited him as a source in her Nancy Reagan biography doesn’t have a case because he can’t prove he was harmed, an appeals court ruled Friday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Milton A. “Mickey” Rudin’s libel lawsuit without trial.

Rudin, who was Frank Sinatra’s lawyer for many years, claimed his practice collapsed after Kelley cited him as one of 611 sources for the biography, which alleges that Nancy Reagan had an affair with Sinatra while she was first lady. Sinatra has denied it, and former President Reagan has said the book is riddled with inaccuracies.

Rudin contended he had refused to answer Kelley’s inquiries for her 1991 book but his inclusion as a source falsely implied he had disclosed confidential information about Sinatra.

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