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Mullet teen sues media for defaming him

AAP logoAAP 26/10/2016 Anna Hitchings

A Sydney teenager whose extraordinary mullet catapulted him to online fame is suing several media outlets for defamation.

A viral photo, which was shared on social media two million times last year, inspired a host of news articles and memes commenting on Ziggy Mosslmani's haircut.

A preliminary hearing on Tuesday heard Mr Mosslmani is suing Daily Mail Australia, News Corp and KIIS radio for making him appear ridiculous.

Among his complaints were headlines and several photoshopped versions of the photo.

However, NSW District Court judge Judith Gibson struck out several meanings pleaded by the teen's legal team, including that he had been compared to Frankenstein, and that readers would believe he'd allowed himself to be photographed and exposed himself to ridicule.

Judge Gibson ordered Mr Mosslmani to pay the legal costs of the media's defence for the pleas under dispute.

"The drafting seems to be designed to claim as many imputations as possible while simultaneously avoiding a defence of honest opinion or justification," she said.

The parties will return to court on November 17 for a second hearing.

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