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Actress Who Sued Website over Age Disclosure Outs Herself to Keep Federal Suit Alive

Posted Jan 9, 2012 8:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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An actress who sued Amazon’s website IMDb for disclosing her age and her real Asian name has identified herself after a federal judge refused to allow her anonymous complaint.

The actress is Huong Hoang, who goes by her stage name of Junie Hoang, according to the Associated Press, Courthouse News Service and the Hollywood Reporter. The New York Daily News calls Hoang a “B-list movie actress.” She has appeared in the movies Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver and Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors.

Hoang, who is 40, plays younger women and claims the revelation of her age makes it more difficult to obtain work. On Dec. 23, a federal judge said the suit would be dismissed within two weeks unless the case was refiled with the plaintiff’s real name.

Hoang’s suit alleges IMDb obtained her credit card and other information when she signed up for its subscription service, and then used that data to research public records for confidential information. The suit (PDF) claims fraud, breach of the website’s subscriber agreement, and violation of privacy rights.

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