Erin Brockovich settles ex-husband’s libel suit

The Associated Press
Saturday May 04, 2002

LOS ANGELES — A libel lawsuit filed against Erin Brockovich by her ex-husband has been settled, Brockovich’s attorney said Friday. 

“The parties just decided to get on with their lives and put it behind them,” said David Weeks, an attorney for Erin Brockovich. 

Reno stockbroker Steven Michael Brockovich filed the lawsuit in March 2001, alleging the legal assistant immortalized in a Hollywood film falsely claimed in two publications that he failed to pay child support for their daughter. 

He said the articles hurt his reputation in Reno, causing his business to drop. 

Weeks declined to provide any details of the settlement, saying the terms are confidential. 

An attorney for Steven Brockovich declined to comment. 

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, accused Erin Brockovich of libel, slander, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

Brockovich and her boss, Ed Masry, won $333 million in compensation from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for 650 residents of the town of Hinkley, where water was found to be contaminated with chromium 6.