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NEW SUIT? Perez

When Perez Hilton got slapped with a $7.6 million lawsuit in November by paparazzi agency X17, he didn’t quit posting pilfered pics. But he did start getting them from other sources. And now a leaked shot of Jennifer Aniston‘s bare breasts from a cut scene in The Breakup has earned Perez (real name: Mario Lavandeira) a second lawsuit, this time from Universal City Studios.

“What Universal is doing by taking on Perez is the same thing we’re doing, and the same thing other content providers large and small will start doing against Perez and others who publish content without licensing it,” X17 vice president Kelly Davis tells Radar. The X17 case against Lavandeira is progressing, but no firm court date is set.

For its part, Universal claims Lavandeira, 28, published stolen material owned by the studio meant to go nowhere but the cutting room floor. One can only assume the shot drew millions of hits to Lavandeira’s celebrity blog. The same day the suit was reported, Lavandeira posted a claim that his Web traffic had reached 4.75 million unique visitors in a 24-hour period.

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