Dan Gross: Perrier out to skewer blogger

Posted: September 27, 2011

AN ATTORNEY for chef Georges Perrier has initiated legal action against the blog StaphMeal.com by filing a writ of summons in Common Pleas Court.

Attorney Jonathan Cohen's filing indicates that a complaint outlining allegations of libel and defamation could be forthcoming.

The writ of summons lists John Doe as a defendant because Cohen does not know the identity of the blogger (or bloggers) behind the site. The legal action is intended in part to unmask the writers.

The anonymously run site called Perrier a racist and also calls chef Shola Olunloyo "a big, black d--k.' Olunloyo, who used to work for Perrier, also retained Cohen and is involved in the filing.

"It's not our intention to infringe on the protected right of free speech, but it is our intention to hold people accountable for defamation," Cohen said yesterday.

The writer is "An uninformed, immature anonymous typist," says Cohen, who was called "a douche" on Staph Meal after first threatening legal action.

"They have no case other than scare tactics," responded a StaphMeal writer yesterday, after we asked about the case via email. The writer claims to be the only person working on the site and tells us he is a man between the ages of 26-32.

Honkala takes a dive

Cheri Honkala, the Green Party candidate for sheriff, won punk votes Saturday when she stage- dove at Riot Fest at Festival Pier.

Before helping the Dead Milkmen introduce their song "Bitchin' Camaro," Honkala, a longtime Kensington Welfare Rights Union advocate, pledged to not evict families from their homes, if elected.

Despite calls for rain, the weather stayed perfect for the all-day punk fest, staged by Live Nation. X singer Exene Cervenka contributed guest vocals during a song by locals Plow United hours before X performed their "Los Angeles" LP.

OUT AND ABOUT * NBA stars LeBron James, in a Mitchell & Ness cap, and Carmelo Anthony, caught some of the Eagles game from the sidelines before heading up to a suite. The pair were here for the Battle for I-95 game at the Palestra. * Rydal native actor Bradley Cooper was also at the Eagles game as was U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, still getting used to experiencing the Linc from the stands. * NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus caught a bite with client LeSean "Shady" McCoy and his family at Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer) after Sunday's game.

An NBC Legend

Congratulations to Wynnewood native Mike Jackson and his partner, singer John Legend, who just sold a comedy project called "Mixed Blessings" to NBC.

Jackson, a Lower Merion High and Penn State grad, says he and Legend, a Penn graduate, hope to shoot the pilot in Philly.

The show is about a black rapper who learns he has a teenage son growing up with a white surburban family. It's very loosely based on Jackson's childhood.

"I grew up on the Main Line as a black kid surrounded by Jewish friends and wondered things like 'Why am I not having a bar mitzvah?' " says Jackson.

A former TV producer with Banyan Productions and producer of several movies, Jackson is also a partner in a vegetarian restaurant called Spread in the Los Angeles area, which sells almond and peanut spreads online at SpreadtheRestaurant.com.

He says he's hooked friends back home on the spread, including former Sixers GM Billy King and his wife, Melanie.

Family matters

Congratulations to actress Ana Ortiz and musician husband Noah Lebenzon on the birth of their second child, Rafael. The "Ugly Betty" actress and UArts grad is the daughter of former city Councilman Angel Ortiz.

The baby boy was 7 pounds, 7 ounces and doing great, reports Latina.com. Rafael has a 2-year-old sister named Paloma. Ortiz will be seen soon on HBO's "Hung," which returns Sunday.

* Phillies pitcher Joe Savery, just up from the minors, recently announced on Facebook that he's engaged. His betrothed is Jennifer Wegman, an Episcopal Academy graduate.

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