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COURT REVIVES LIBEL SUIT BY `KATO' KAELIN.

Byline: Associated Press

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.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Sep 19, 1998
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