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Teenager takes legal action against media after becoming mullet meme internet sensation

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Ali Ziggi Mosslmani claims he is now the subject of ridicule after his image went viral

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An Australian teenager whose voluptuous mullet-style haircut thrust him into internet stardom is taking legal action against several high-profile media outlets, claiming he has been defamed.

Ali Ziggi Mosslmani — or ‘Ziggy’ to his friends — shot to fame last year after a photograph of him dancing at an 18th birthday party went viral.

The pic, taken by professional snapper Jeremy Nool, eventually made its way onto Facebook. This triggered a series of memes and photoshopped images, poking fun at Mosslmani’s somewhat unusual haircut.

Now, in what is a serious legal twist, Mosslmani has filed defamation suits against the Daily Mail, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and the Australian Radio Network for publishing images of him and mocking his choice of hairstyle.

The Aussie teen claims he has been subjected to ridicule and portrayed as “hideously ugly” due to the widespread media coverage the photograph received.

In a preliminary judgment handed down yesterday, District Court Judge Judith Gibson revealed some of the memes included “photoshopped pictures of the plaintiff showing him on Mount Rushmore, on a dollar bill, as ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ and as a horse”.

Continuing, Gibson claimed the mullet-sporting teen’s legal action had been “overpleaded” and was designed to “claim as many imputations as possible while simultaneously avoiding a defence of honest opinion or justification”.

Rejecting Mosslmani’s claim the articles implied he was “hideously ugly” she continued:

The plaintiff is entitled to plead an imputation of condition — namely being a ridiculous person for having such a hairstyle — as well as an imputation amounting to an act. This imputation is reasonably capable of being conveyed and will go to the jury.

A further preliminary hearing is due to take place on 17 November, giving Mosslmani plenty of time to mull things over.

Read the judgment in full below:

23 Comments

Anonymous

BREAKING NEWS! The famous show and film called The Muppets have just hired a new member to the team.
Introducing The Mullet!!

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Gus

Will there be a cartoon spinoff?

Mulley Babies?

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Gus

*Mullet

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Anonymous

To be honest, I think My Little Pony needs to sue his barber…

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Anonymous

He deserves to be mocked for that haircut…

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Anonymous

lawyers…lol such nice people

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Anonymous

Hi Ziggy!

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Honest

I hear DWF have offered him a place on their paralegal apprenticeship scheme in London.

They look forward to the positive publicity they will receive by having a celebrity on their books.

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Anonymous

The girl he’s dancing with doesn’t seem to mind.

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Anonymous

If a lad can pull with that haircut, he can win this hilarious claim.

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Anonymous

The haircut looks normal from where she is.

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Scouser of Counsel

Attention seeker alert.

Expect him to be in the next series of Celebrity Big Brother or similar.

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Trumpenkrieg

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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TIMMY

MR MULLET! MR MULLET!

CAN I GO TO THE TOILET, PLEASE?

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Anonymous

I am the girl in the photo.

Please remove your hands from me, Mulletboy!

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Former LC victim

Maybe this is a shot across the bows of LC – I can think of many who have been shamed on here, and who live with the daily snide remarks in robing rooms and solicitors offices up and down the country.

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Anonymous

Hi Alan

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Anonymous

Fuark!! Pulling with that lid means he is cool enough to join The Sidemen.

Top bins.

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Anonymous

The Mull of Kintyre

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Anonymous

*Mullet

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Anonymous

Seriously, the girl he is dancing with in the photo is hot as f*

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Anonymous

Def would like more pictures of her!

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Anonymous

looks like trash to me

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