Clown Wins Suit Against Magazine for Meth-Addict Jibe

By Bryan Le 06/06/13

Puddles defends his profession against a comparison to meth-addicted cross dressers.

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Norman Pudney, a South African clown of 30 years' standing, has won a defamation case against FHM (For Him Magazine) for using his picture to demonstrate that clowns resemble meth-addicted cross dressers. The court ruled in favor of Pudney—also known as Puddles the Clown—and made FHM award him $6,000 in damages for “intentionally and maliciously” using Pudney's photo for their unfavorable comparison. FHM incurred the indignant tears of the clown when they printed his photo back in 2007, in an article that said clowns look like “grown men with a long-term tik (slang for meth) habits, dressed like transvestites from hell.” Pudney, fighting in the name of a “profession that is meant to be well-received,” finally won the case after a five-year battle. “It wasn't about the money for me but it was about protecting the industry and artists in the future,” he says. “I believed in what I was fighting for. It has been an interesting and challenging experience.”

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