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Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Massachusetts man wounded in the Boston Marathon bombing last year, has sued Glenn Beck, The Blaze Inc., Mercury Radio Arts and Premiere Radio Networks for defamation and slander. In the days following the tragedy, Beck repeatedly told his listeners that Alharbi was responsible for the blasts even after police searched his apartment and cleared him of any involvement. Via Courthouse News:

The complaint adds: “Beck falsely accused Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks that took place at the Boston Marathon.

“On or about May 8, 2013, and at repeated and diverse times thereafter, Beck stated that Alharbi was the ‘money man’ who had funded the attacks at the Boston Marathon.

The statements made by Beck were false.”

Alharbi says he has “received numerous messages … based on Beck’s statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer and terrorist.”

We have a copy of the complaint below. Alharbi’s case is rather simple and straightforward, alleging that Beck’s evidence-free defamation was malicious. This was not the first time that Beck has given airtime to baseless accusations against individuals: he is a co-defendant in Brett Kimberlin’s federal RICO lawsuit, which alleges that Beck allowed defendants Aaron Walker and John Patrick Frey an uncritical nationwide platform to make baseless allegations against him as well. Like Alharbi, Kimberlin has received many unwanted and threatening communications from people who have been “informed” by that irresponsible and malicious reporting.

We will continue to monitor this story.

Abdulrahman Alharbi's suit against Glenn Beck

  • RogerS

    This is a no-brainer case. The easiest defamation case to win is one where the defendants falsely accused the plaintiff of a crime. It’s almost a 100% winner. I don’t understand any lawyer who would take such a case to trial. Settle and move on.

    Beck needs to learn to stop falsely accusing people. He may have to learn from the pocketbook.

    • The only way Beck will ever change is by losing big judgments against the persons he defames. Beck has never been good at filtering this sort of propaganda. He got away with so much at Fox News that in becoming an independent web star, Beck apparently thought he could go even further, harming reputations with wishful thinking. Remember the ACORN “scandal”? He has simply applied that sensationalism to individual people. Beck’s staff has no real editorial oversight, either, so it is a minor miracle that he is not being sued by even more victims already.

  • JustaSlob

    Well…. hopefully Beck gets his ass reamed by a jury of his peers.

    • We suspect that Roger is right and that Glenn Beck is indeed screwed.

  • bruce

    In the long run, I bet Glen Beck is right.
    He always connects the dots between Soros, Progressive groups that hate America and…

    … ooops, this site hates conservatives because we have the facts.

    • We do not “hate conservatives.” We dislike what conservatism has become. The party of Bill Buckley is now the party of Glenn Beck, with fact-free paranoid denunciations of people based entirely on whatever he feels like saying about them. Can you point to a single “fact” in Beck’s slander about Abdulrahman Alharbi? Of course not. Beck just made it up as he went along.

  • SerfsUp

    Sorry Bruce. Glenn Beck was completely wrong and anyone with any common sense knows it. This will be an expensive lesson for Glennis the Menace.