COURT REVIVES LIBEL SUIT BY `KATO' KAELIN.
A state appeals court has reinstated Brian ``Kato'' Kaelin's libel suit against an acquaintance who said Kaelin admitted helping O.J. Simpson hide bloody clothing.
A Superior Court judge had dismissed the lawsuit, saying Simpson's former house guest could not show the statement by Klein Al'n was a deliberate or reckless falsehood, as required for a libel suit by a public figure.
But the 2nd District Court of Appeal said Thursday that jurors who believed Kaelin could conclude that Al'n had lied.
The 3-0 ruling allows Kaelin to proceed with his suit against Al'n. Kaelin did not appeal the dismissal of his suit against The Globe, a supermarket tabloid that quoted Al'n, and reporter Craig Lewis.
Kaelin was living in a guest room on Simpson's Brentwood estate in June 1994 when Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were slain, and he became a witness at the criminal trial.
Al'n first told a radio interviewer in October 1995 that he ran into Kaelin a few days after the killings, that Kaelin was shaking uncontrollably and that he admitted helping Simpson hide bloody clothing in a green plastic trash bag.
The Globe published an article on his comments. Kaelin said it was entirely false.