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Ugh, what a mess. I don't even know why anyone was impersonating this person. Until a few weeks ago, she wasn't even B-movie famous. Just married to someone famous, in another country. But the impersonation started years before s/he knew there would be any publicity.
Follow them to the letter, and comply with any subpeona or court order.
I would certainly ban this person from further posting, and possibly remove their posts from public view (while preserving the data), assuming that your terms of service permit this action.
[edited by: Beagle at 2:15 pm (utc) on Oct. 15, 2006]
How did the celebrity find out that somebody was posting as them on your private board?
Did somebody who is a member contact the celebrity outside of the board, thinking they had been communicating with the real deal all along?
It sounds to me like this should not be a big problem, and you should be able to smooth it over. I think a few more details (obviously, without names) would help, though.
Well, if you knowingly allow someone to damage someone else's reputation without providing the victim a sense of what has happened and a means for them to set the record straight, then that might make you and your site a target for legal action.
Free speech is great. Slander sucks.
And yes, it was a tiny private board, but it didn't come to the attention of the "celebrity", the "celebrity" helped facilitate the start of the board.
It's a weird story, and for the foreseeable future, there won't be any answers that make any sense. I can't give any details in public, because I don't want them to be public information.