Verne Troyer (Mini-me) sues TMZ over sex tape

June 27, 2008

Verne Troyer filed a $20 million federal lawsuit Thursday against for posting a snippet from the sex tape he made with Ranae Shrider. See photos, biography and video here. A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order on the release of the tape.

Verne Troyer filed the federal lawsuit against for violating his privacy by posting a 24-second portion of the 50-minute sex tape that was stolen from his home months ago. Troyer accused TMZ of violating his privacy rights and infringing on his copyright and trademark by posting that segment of the tape. He also sued TMZ for violating his right of publicity and for misappropriating his name and address. He also contends that TMZ disregarded cease-and-desist letters. The restraining order not only prevents porn distributors from taking orders for the full-length video, but it also prevents TMZ from broadcasting any more clips from the video.

U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez wrote that Troyer’s motion “demonstrated that he will suffer irreparable harm to his reputation” if the tape is distributed. It also prohibited further broadcasting of the tape. Troyer is seeking the return of all copies of the video. He is also seeking an injunction to keep anyone else from viewing the video.

Verne Troyer Biography

Verne Troyer was born in Sturgis, Michigan on January 1, 1969. He is 39 years old. His height of 2′ 8″ has helped him gain recognition in various acting roles. Troyer is best known as the character “Mini-Me,” Dr. Evil’s smaller and evil protege in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Soon after graduating high school in 1987, Troyer moved to Arlington, Texas with some friends. There, he got his first break in showbiz working as a stunt double for a 9-month-old. He continued as an actor in other ventures – often playing the role of a child. He has to do his own stunts because there are no stunt doubles his size.

In January 2004, he and girlfriend, Genevieve Gallen, were married. They were divorced in 2006. He then started dating Ranae Shrider with whom he made the infamous sex tape.

Verne Troyer’s parents are Junior and Sue Trayer. He has a brother, Devon Troyer, and a sister, Deborah Schulz.

Photos/pictures and a video of Verne Troyer are below.

Verne Troyer Video

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