OK! is not just the name of a magazine. In this case, it was also the exclamation we uttered as we moved on from Gossip Cop’s report about the publication’s non-existent current cover story:
According to the cover, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were “finally married” in a “secret wedding” at a farm in New York, with Aniston taking Theroux’s last name and declaring it “the best day of my life.”
The actual story inside the magazine’s pages is not surprisingly another bait-and-switch from the tabloid, which claims the two are actually just talking about supposed “Christmas nuptials,” and directly contradicting the cover. OK! claims Aniston and Theroux are planning a “small, exclusive gathering” somewhere in New York, although the outlet later forgets the whole “farm” thing and starts talking about Manhattan venues.
As if this isn’t insane enough, over at the In Touch Weekly end, the cover story – also per Gossip Cop – is about the reasons the couple’s “dream”-ed up wedding crashed and burned in the final hours. Coincidentally, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel this week won a lawsuit in Ireland against Bauer’s Heat magazine for a story that made up allegations about the supposed rocky status of their marriage.
“The thresholds for proving defamation are a little lower yet more realistic abroad, and the judicial process is expedited,” Gossip Cop founder Michael Lewittes tells FishbowlNY. “So many things are in play.”
“The magazines have learned how to couch outrageous claims in such a way as to cover themselves legally. Also, proving malice, one of the hurdles in a defamation case, is often very difficult. Additionally, many celebrities don’t sue because they would rather not dredge up – for months at a time – erroneous claims about them.”
[Photo of Aniston at August 2014 LA film premiere: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com]