False Light in the Public Eye
A claim for false light is one of four common law claims for invasion of privacy recognized in the District of Columbia. A claim for false light generally requires showing that a person caused publicity about a false statement regarding another person which put the other person in a false light that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person.
A victim of false light may recover compensatory damages for injury to her reputation, emotional distress, and pecuniary losses (such as lost wages).
[Sources: Douglas C. Melcher, Tort Claims and Defenses in the District of Columbia § 21 (2014), and legal authorities cited therein.]