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Monson v Tussauds

[1894] 1 QB 671

Case summary last updated at 17/01/2020 17:07 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Monson v Tussauds

P’s waxwork effigy was placed in a room with effigies of murderers entitled “chamber of horrors” on account of his being accused of murdering a person. However he had been found not guilty and sued D for defamation. CA said that there was defamation arising from the effigy’s placement and carried a defamatory meaning. 

Lopes LJ: “libels are generally in writing …but this is not necessary; the defamatory matter may be conveyed in some other permanent form. For instance, a statue, caricature, effigy, chalk marks on a wall, signs or pictures may constitute a libel. 

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