April 11, 2013
A Seattle jury has found against Junie Hoang in her lawsuit against IMDb for revealing her real age online. The decision came after a two-day trial. The 42-year-old actress, whose real name is Houng Hoang, first sued IMDb and parent company Amazon for $1 million back in October 2011.
Soon after joining IMDb in 2008, Hoang’s age appeared on the site, information the actress claimed harmed her chances of landing film roles in a youth-centric industry. Hoang has appeared in minor roles in films Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver and Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors. She claimed the site performed record searches using her credit card information to obtain her age and did not remove the information when she requested it. As the case made its way through the courts, the claims were pared down, and Amazon was dismissed as a defendant before the breach of contract trial started. Back in late 2011, then-separate unions SAG and AFTRA backed Hoang’s action, saying that when actual ages are posted “they become known to casting personnel, the 10+ year age range that many [actors] can portray suddenly shrinks and so do their opportunities to work.”
The Ol’ SAG Watchdog