The 40-year-old actress who sued Amazon.com’s Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for revealing her age disclosed her identity in a court filing this afternoon, after the judge in the case said she couldn’t proceed with her suit anonymously.
She is Huong Hoang, known by the stage name Junie Hoang, whose recent credits include the comedy/horror flick “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver,” and the TV series “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” according to her IMDb profile.
Hoang says in the suit that IMDb wrongly used the account information she provided to sign up for an IMDb Pro subscription to glean her birthdate and display it on her public profile — revealing to the public that she “is many years older than she looks.”
The complaint continues, “In the entertainment industry, youth is king. If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the Plaintiff, to get work as she is thought to have less of an ‘upside,’ therefore, casting directors, producers, directors, agents/managers, etc. do not give her the same opportunities, regardless of her appearance or talent.”
Read the full complaint here: PDF, 13 pages.
Lawyers for Amazon.com wrote in a previous court filing, “Plaintiff’s attempt to manipulate the federal court system so she can censor IMDb.com’s display of her birthdate and pretend to the world that she is not 40 years old is selfish, contrary to the public interest and a frivolous abuse of this court’s resources.”