Trials & Litigation
Glenn Beck sued for alleged defamation over Boston Marathon ‘money man’ comments
Posted Apr 1, 2014 6:55 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Saudi Arabian student injured at the Boston Marathon bombing has sued radio personality Glenn Beck for suggestions that the 20-year-old youth was the “money man” behind the attacks.
The suit by Abdulrahman Alharbi says Beck labeled him as a suspect even after federal authorities found he had no connection to the attacks, report the Washington Post, the Boston Daily and Courthouse News Service. Alharbi’s name was in the news when he was questioned and his apartment searched. Beck questioned the motive of authorities for failing to pursue Alharbi, the suit says.
The Washington Post quotes Beck’s comments over several days. “We know who this Saudi national is,” Beck said last April. “We know who this man is and, listen to me carefully, we know he is a very bad, bad, bad man.” Beck later said the U.S. government had tagged Alharbi as a “proven terrorist” and the student was the “money man” behind the attacks.
The suit was filed on March 28 in Massachusetts federal court. Other defendants are The Blaze Inc., Mercury Radio Arts and Premiere Radio Network.