Rachel Maddow Demands Dismissal of $50 Million Defamation Lawsuit

Apr 23, 12

“MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has hit back hard against a $50 million defamation lawsuit brought by heavy metal rocker-turned-radio host and conservative preacher Bradlee Dean. Maddow and NBC Universal are looking to punish Dean for bringing an allegedly meritless suit by filing an anti-SLAPP motion to end the case and force him to hand over legal fees.

According to court papers filed this week in D.C. federal court, the defendants say, “With this lawsuit — his second — Dean seeks to move one step closer in his self-described mission to stop the ‘radical gay agenda.’ The law does not permit him to use the judicial process in this fashion.”

Maddow’s case shows the need for federal anti-SLAPP legislation. Dean originally filed his complaint in DC Superior Court but then dismissed it and filed a “virtually identical” complaint in federal court to avoid the DC anti-SLAPP law. Federal anti-SLAPP legislation would close this loophole and and would prevent SLAPP filers from using these tactics to circumvent the protections of the DC anti-SLAPP ordinance.

Read more on this case and view the anti-SLAPP motion here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/rachel-maddow-lawsuit-bradlee-dean-msnbc-314234

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