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ST. MARTIN PRESS RESPONDS TO $150 MILLION LAWSUIT OVER WATERGATE EXPOSE

ST. MARTIN PRESS RESPONDS TO $150 MILLION LAWSUIT OVER WATERGATE EXPOSE
 NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Martin's Press announces its response to Maureen and John Dean's recently filed lawsuit seeking damages of more than $150 million as a result of the publication of "Silent Coup," the bestselling re-investigation of Watergate by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin, published by St. Martin's Press.
 Roy Gainsburg, president of St. Martin's Press, said that St. Martin's Press fully expects to prevail in the lawsuit. "'Silent Coup' is a carefully researched work of history," Gainsburg said.
 Gainsburg noted that, if the lawsuit goes to trial, "it will require the retrial of Watergate, with new testimony by all the surviving principals, in a Los Angeles courthouse."
 Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Dean's suit, which names the authors, St. Martin's Press, G. Gordon Liddy and others, seeks damages for the book's conclusion that John Dean ordered the Watergate break-ins and engineered the subsequent coverup which led to the downfall of President Richard Nixon.
 The suit also seeks damages for harm it claims was done to Maureen Dean's reputation. The Dean's lawsuit asserts that "Silent Coup" "convey(s)" to readers that Maureen Dean was "engaged in sexual prostitution" as "an associate, intimate or member of a call girl ring."
 Liddy is included in the suit because, in the 1991 edition of his autobiography "Will," also published by St. Martin's, he endorsed many of the findings of "Silent Coup." The suit also objects to numerous comments Liddy allegedly made about the Deans during television and radio appearances.
 Gainsburg said that, "contrary to what the suit claims, 'Silent Coup' in no way says or implies that Maureen Dean was ever part of a call girl ring or engaged in prostitution." "What the book does say," Gainsburg pointed out, "is that Maureen Dean's friend and roommate Erika L. 'Heidi' Rikan was a principal of the ring that serviced visitors to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Building in 1971-72, and that information about customers of the ring was the real target of the Watergate break-ins."
 A copy of the Deans' complaint and of "Silent Coup" is available upon request.
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