Glenn Beck and his media outlets are being sued by the Saudi Arabian student who authorities questioned after the Boston bombing for allegedly continuing to say he was involved after his name had been cleared.
The student, Abdulrahman Alharbi, was a spectator who was injured during the attack and is claiming that Beck, along with the assistance of his “distributor defendants,” defamed him by continuing to promote the idea that he had any involvement in the plot.
Along with Beck, The Blaze, Mercury Radio and Premier Radio Networks are all named in the suit.
Alharbi is seeking unspecified damages along with attorney’s fees in the case.
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Alharbi was questioned after the bombing, however authorities ultimately held Dzhokar Tsaranev along with his brother Tamerlan accountable for the act.
The court documents read:
“Glenn Beck, with the active participation of the distributor defendants, repeatedly and falsely identified Mr. Alharbi as an active participant in the crimes that were committed on April 15, 2013, repeatedly questioned the motives of federal officials in failing to pursue or detain Mr. Alharbi and repeatedly and falsely accused Mr. Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks that took place at the Boston Marathon.”
“Those statements were made widely and publicly. The statements were false and did grave injury to the Plaintiff,” it continues.
“As a direct and proximate result of the statements made by Beck and published by the Distributor Defendants, Alharbi’s reputation has been substantially and severely damaged,” the suit adds. “Alharbi has received numerous messages, internet postings and other communications based on Beck’s false statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer, and terrorist.”