Entrepreneur misidentified as Google founder’s mistress can sue magazine

The page from People Magazine showing Nathalie De Clercq misidentified as Amanda Rosenberg.

A tech entrepreneur can sue People magazine for misidentifying her in a photo as Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s mistress, a Manhattan judge has ruled.

The September 2013 article “Billion-Dollar Breakup?” ran an image of businesswoman Nathalie de Clercq with a caption identifying her as Google staffer Amanda Rosenberg, Brin’s gal pal.

The two women are unrelated, although they have similar physical attributes.

A photographer had snapped De Clercq while she was cycling and wearing Google Glass, an accessory also favored by Rosenberg.

People tried to get the $4 million suit tossed, arguing that the article didn’t harm De Clercq’s reputation.

In an interim ruling released this week, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Anil Singh disagreed with People’s argument.

A People spokeswoman said, “We cannot comment on ongoing litigations.”

The parties are due in court in June.


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