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Raging Rafaeli sues Israeli newspaper

by Dikla Kadosh

November 2, 2007 | 1:48 pm

Leo’s ex, who’s quickly moved on to pro surfer Kelly Slater, has an odd way of doing damage control.

After the Israeli supermodel tarnished her image in an October Yediot Ahronot article titled “Bar Refaeli Versus the State of Israel,” where she essentially declared how little she cared about the country of her birth (see my last post), she decided suing the largest newspaper in Israel for libel would be the best way to handle the storm of negative publicity.

According to Haaretz, another Israeli newspaper, Refaeli’s lawyer sent a scathing letter to Yediot, claiming she was manipulated and misquoted and deserves half a million shekel ($125,000) in personal damages.

He alleged that the newspaper article “initiated and encouraged a media and public lynching of Bar Refaeli.”

To be sure, Refaeli’s lawyer is correct in that last statement. Since the Yediot article was published, the international beauty has been vilified and attacked in various media outlets, particularly in the Hebrew-language newspapers here in Los Angeles.

Rumor has it that Yediot taped the interviews and is ready to defend its reporters and editors with the intensity that most Israelis, excluding Refaeli of course, defend their beloved country.

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