Maddow, NBCUniversal Work to Dismiss $50M Lawsuit
BY Neal Broverman
April 21 2012 1:05 PM ET
Rachel Maddow and attorneys with NBCUniversal, the parent company of MSNBC, say a $50 million defamation lawsuit brought against her by an antigay zealot is frivolous and needs to be tossed.
Rocker/preacher/radio host Bradlee Dean is suing the popular television host, saying she defamed him on her show by reading a speech he made that stated Muslims who want gays killed are "more moral than American Christians."
But Maddow took Dean's words verbatim, only truncating his entire speech. This is Dean's second lawsuit against Maddow. He claims that the lesbian host pushes a "radical gay agenda" and advocates for liberal causes like reproductive rights. Maddow's attorneys responded to the suit last week, saying the First Amendment allows the host to air her views, and the lawsuit is an attempt by Dean to separate himself from the comments, which he was harangued for. Read more here.