2:58pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Tomi Lahren Asks Court to Give Her Control of Facebook Fan Page in Blaze Breakup
It's no surprise outspoken digital star Tomi Lahren isn't walking away quietly from The Blaze after she was taken off the air following an appearance on The View in which she said she is pro-choice. What is unexpected is that one of her top priorities seems to be keeping control of her Facebook fan page after the split.
In a March appearance on The View the rising conservative voice said, “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies.” Lahren's suspension and subsequent termination quickly followed.
On Friday, Lahren filed a breach of contract lawsuit against The Blaze and its founder Glenn Beck in Dallas County court. She wants to retroactively cancel her contract — a likely sign the company won't let her work for a competitor before the term expires — and she's asking the court for a temporary restraining order that will grant her immediate and complete control of her Facebook page and other social media accounts.
"Because Defendants have complete and autonomous control over Plaintiff’s Facebook account, they are completely empowered to add material, delete material, change passwords, and to terminate the page altogether," writes attorney Brian Lauten. "Plaintiff has literally millions of followers on social media, she uses social media to interface with her audience, and, as a proximate cause of Defendants’ wrongful interference with this medium of communication, Plaintiff is being irreparably harmed, she has no adequate remedy at law, and she is entitled to a temporary and permanent injunction."
Lahren says she was placed under a social media gag order following her suspension, while Beck and other employees of The Blaze took advantage of her inability to publicly defend herself by launching a smear campaign against her.
"Plaintiff was told that she was to remain silent, she was directed to stay away from her Facebook page and other social media, and she was prohibited from making any public comments," writes Lauten in the complaint. "Distilled to its essence, Defendants wrongly insisted, with no legal support, that Plaintiff 'go dark' on social media."
Now she's also asking the court for a declaration that she has no obligation to keep her side of what happened to herself, although she says she didn't sign an NDA.
In the complaint, she says her firing was the result of failing "a political-opinion litmus test" in violation of her contractual right to express her own views. Lauten argues that Lahren could only be fired "for cause," which is narrowly defined in her contract.
She's suing for breach of contract and tortious interference, and is asking the court for a declaration that she was wrongfully terminated and she is not bound from seeking employment with The Blaze's competitors.
The Blaze issued a statement Friday afternoon in response to the complaint, which is posted in full below: "It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her.”