7:30am PT by Ashley Cullins
Ex-CNN Pundit Jason Miller Files $100M Lawsuit Over Abortion Pill Story
Former CNN commentator and Donald Trump staffer Jason Miller is suing Gizmodo for $100 million, claiming a Splinter.com story that says he's accused of slipping a woman the "abortion pill" after impregnating her has permanently scarred his reputation — and he's hired one of the law firms that brought down Gawker in the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit.
The pro-Trump pundit left the network in September, after a story was published on Splinter alleging he had an affair with a woman he met at an Orlando strip club and "when the woman found out she was pregnant, Miller surreptitiously dosed her with an abortion pill without her knowledge, leading, the woman claims, to the pregnancy’s termination and nearly her death." The story attributed the accusations to legal documents filed by A.J. Delgado, a former campaign staffer with whom Miller had an affair and fathered a child.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in Florida federal court, Miller says the woman submitted a sworn declaration saying it never happened and the story was fabricated by Delgado to ruin his life.
"The sad reality is that the Defendants could not care less about the truth of the accusations they published to millions of readers," writes attorney Shane Vogt in the complaint, which is posted below. "Miller was labeled a 'murderer,' he lost his job on CNN, he is being harassed and threatened online, he and his family are being shunned in their community, and his personal, professional and family life have been permanently scarred — all without a shred of proof or corroborating evidence."
Miller claims what happened to him is evidence that people can "weaponize" social movements, presumably #MeToo. He believes he was targeted because of his association with Trump and says the site's managing editor, Katherine Krueger, and Gizmodo published the story with actual malice, either knowing it was false or recklessly disregarding the truth — claiming "they did not fact-check anything."
He's suing Splinter parent company Gizmodo, Krueger and Delgado for defamation, tortious interference with advantageous business relationships and intentional infliction, emotional distress, invasion of privacy and conspiracy. Though not named as a defendant, freelance journalist Yashar Ali is frequently mentioned in the lawsuit for "seemingly confirming" the accusations.
A rep for Gizmodo said in a statement, "We have not yet been served with the complaint, and will respond more fully when we have had a chance to review it. GMG stands by its reporting and its reporter."
Krueger and Ali have not yet responded to a request for comment.