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When Larry Flynt published an unflattering parody of Jerry Falwell in Hustler, Falwell waged a suit that eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled in Flynt's favor, citing the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech.
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Once again, he began to focus on his publishing empire, which had miraculously continued to thrive.
In 1996, Flynt re-emerged as the subject of a major motion picture, The People vs. Larry Flynt, starring Woody Harrelson (Flynt), Courtney Love (Althea), and Edward Norton (Reeves). Directed by Milos Foreman,
the feature focused on Flynt’s career-long battle against censorship, portraying him as a charismatic champion of free speech who fought for his right to offend. That same year, he wrote an autobiography, An Unseemly Man: My Life as a Pornographer, Pundit, and Social Outcast, which candidly documented how he built a publishing enterprise out of the most violent and shockingly graphic mass circulation magazine in America.
To date, Larry Flynt Publications, Inc. consists of over 30 magazines, including Chic, and Barely Legal. Most recently, he released Rage magazine, which is geared toward Generation X-ers.
In the fall of 2013, Flynt spoke out on a very personal issue. He called for the state of Missouri not to execute Joseph Paul Franklin. Franklin was the man who shot Flynt in 1978. He also responsible for shooting civil rights leader Vernon Jordan Jr. in 1980 and for murdering an interracial couple. Flynt wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter opposing Franklin's pending execution. In the article, he said, "As I see it, the sole motivating factor behind the death penalty is vengeance, not justice, and I firmly believe that a government that forbids killing among its citizens should not be in the business of killing people itself." Despite Flynt's request, Franklin was executed in November 2013.
Flynt currently lives in Beverly Hills with his current wife, Liz Berrios, whom he married in 1998.
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