Lahren: Blaze in vi­o­la­tion

DAL­LAS COUNTY She wants Beck, me­dia firm held in con­tempt over crit­i­cal news story

The Dallas Morning News - - METRO & STATE - By NAOMI MARTIN Staff Writer nmartin@dal­las­

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.



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