Lahren: Blaze in violation
DALLAS COUNTY She wants Beck, media firm held in contempt over critical news story
Tomi Lahren on Thursday asked a Dallas County judge to hold Glenn Beck and his rightwing media firm The Blaze in contempt of court over a news story that attacked Lahren.
Lahren’s lawyer, Brian Lauten, alleged in court records that it was clearly Blaze employees who anonymously slammed Lahren in a story Wednesday by the Daily Caller, a conservative website, titled “Exclusive: The Inside Story of How Tomi Lahren Flamed Out at The Blaze.”
The filing came three days after the judge ordered both sides not to publicly criticize each other.
“It took no less than 48 hours for [Beck and The Blaze] to violate this court’s order,” the filing said. “This court should immediately get to the bottom of what appears to be a very transparent attempt at a public smear campaign by defendants.”
Lahren, 24, is suing Beck and The Blaze, where she had worked since 2015, to be freed from her contract, which expires in September. She alleged she was fired for voicing a pro-abortion rights stance and saying on The View that it would be hypocritical to support both limited government and government intrusion on abortion.
The Blaze has said that Lahren is not fired and still drawing a salary. She should not be allowed to end her contract early just because the
company canceled her show, Tomi, the firm argues.
“We do not know who is commenting to the press, but we are asking them to please stop and respect the court, the process and, ultimately, common decency,” said a spokesman for The Blaze and Beck.
The filing by Lahren’s attorney alleged that The Blaze refuses to free Lahren from her contract because it wants “to settle a score with someone who failed to tow (sic) the party line on the issue of abortion.”
Lauten asked Civil District Judge Martin Hoffman to order Blaze employees to testify at a hearing May 1 so he can question them about the article.
The Daily Caller article, quoting anonymous sources, largely echoes allegations made by The Blaze. In its latest court filing, the firm said that Lahren was rude to crew members, that she clashed with other media personalities and that she refused to work with a staff makeup artist.
The story by Peter Hasson goes into more detail, naming individuals at The Blaze with whom Lahren reportedly feuded.
The story “goes to great lengths to publicly smear, humiliate and embarrass Lahren,” the filing said, adding that she can’t defend herself because of the court’s order.