By COLLEEN BARRY / AP

MILAN (AP) — The Milan fashion house Dolce&Gabbana has filed a defamation suit in an Italian court seeking over $600 million in damages from two U.S. fashion bloggers who reposted anti-Asian comments attributed to one of the designers that led to a boycott by Asian consumers.

The suit was filed in Milan civil court in 2019 but only became public this week when the bloggers posted about it on their Instagram account, Diet Prada. Their feed is widely followed in the fashion world for its cutting commentary on unoriginality in designs and on social issues.

“This whole case is a way of trying to silence Diet Prada, and to silence Tony (Liu) and Lindsay (Schuyler) personally,” said Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, which is coordinating the bloggers’ defense.

Lawyers for Dolce&Gabbana reached by the AP declined to comment on the case.

In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo, founders of Dolce&Gabbana Domenico Dolce, left and Stefano Gabbana apologize in a video on Chinese social media, saying “sorry” in Mandarin seen on a computer screen in Beijing, China. The Milan fashion house Dolce&Gabbana filed a multi-million-dollar defamation suit in an Italian court against U.S. fashion bloggers who reposted anti-Asian comments attributed to one of the designers that led to a boycott by Asian consumers. The suit was filed in Milan civil court in 2019, but only became public this week, Thursday, March 4, 2021, when the bloggers posted about it on their Instagram profile, Diet Prada. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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