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Zaha Hadid sues NY Review of Books, critic for defamation

Attorney says article about Hadid's Al Wakrah stadium project is a "personal attack"

August 22, 2014 12:30PM

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From left: Zaha Hadid, Al Wakrah stadium rendering and Martin Filler

From left: Zaha Hadid, rendering of Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar and critic Martin Filler

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid is suing critic Martin Filler and the New York Review of Books over what she calls defamatory statements in a series of articles.

Hadid filed a complaint with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, in which she claimed Filler implied she refused to take responsibility for workers who allegedly died while constructing her firm’s Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, Reuters reported. In the complaint, Hadid said her comments were taken out of context and were made before construction got under way at the World Cup 2022 facility, according to the news service.

Filler’s review constituted “a personal attack disguised as a book review and has exposed Ms. Hadid to public ridicule and contempt, depriving her of confidence and injuring her good name and reputation,” an attorney for Hadid alleged in a statement cited by Reuters. [Reuters] – Tom DiChristopher

  • Darren McLellan

    Zaha Fucking Hadid does not like when all are not cowering in awe of her incredible powers. All shall bow to Zaha Fucking Hadid.

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