NEW YORK (Jun. 22)
Attorneys for former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon filed a $25 million libel action against Time Inc. in federal court here today, charging that “false, defamatory and libelous” material relating to Sharon was published in the February 21, 1983 edition of Time magazine.
The complaint refers to an account in Time alleging that Sharon visited the family of Lebanese President-elect Bashir Gemayel in Beirut a day after Gemayel was assassinated last September to “discuss the grave need to take revenge against the West Beirut Palestinians and encouraged the (Christian) Phalangists to perpetuate bloodshed among them.”
Sharon is represented by Milton Gould of Shea and Gould, a New York law firm.