They intrigued and slandered and hated each other only on that account,—but as to effectually lifting a little finger—oh, no. By heavens! there is something after all in the world allowing one man to steal a horse while another must not look at a halter.
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In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
Check your sources or you could be sued for slander.