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Jerry Seinfeld Takes Delight in Legal Battle With Chef

March 29, 2011 (3:32 am) GMT
When talking about the dismissal of chef Missy Chase Lapine's lawsuit against him, the comedian admits he was disappointed because he looked forward to fight the system like Lenny Bruce did.
Jerry Seinfeld

was disappointed when a judge threw out a "ridiculous" lawsuit against him - because he was looking forward to fighting "the system" like his hero Lenny Bruce . The funnyman was caught up in a legal battle after chef Missy Chase Lapine filed suit against him for mocking her during an appearance on "" 's U.S. chat show in 2007.

Seinfeld was adamant his remarks were covered by free speech as detailed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and he was relishing the prospect of a legal battle similar to legendary stand-up comedian Bruce's clashes with authority in the 1960s over his obscenity-laden routines. But the case was dismissed by a judge in New York last month because it was clear Seinfeld was joking during the TV interview.

He tells The Sunday Times Magazine, "(Lapine) sued me for defamation of character, which is, of course, ridiculous... But I really wanted to go to court. I wanted to invoke the First Amendment, have my Lenny Bruce moment, fight the system, say you can't tell me what to say... Yeah (I enjoyed it). I felt edgy."

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