updated 3/12/2009 11:04:47 AM ET 2009-03-12T15:04:47

A New York lawyer says a magazine model has no justification for trying to unmask the anonymous blogger who called her offensive names.

The blogger's lawyer, Anne Salisbury, agreed Wednesday that the comments about Liskula Cohen may be disgusting. But she said they're opinions protected as free speech.

Cohen says the remarks about her hygiene and sexual habits were defamatory and malicious. Salisbury said no "reasonable" person would interpret them as fact.

Cohen's lawyer, Steven Wagner, said the model — who has worked in Europe and the U.S. — has been hurt professionally.

The posts were on Google's Blogger.com. Attorney Joshua Plaut said Google will do whatever the court orders.

Manhattan Justice Joan Madden reserved decision.

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