Newsweek Writer Going After Twitter User for Allegedly Causing Seizure

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Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald may soon be pushing the boundaries of an assault claim and is now petitioning a Texas court for help.

Eichenwald, whose aggressive stories about Donald Trump's foreign business entanglements earned widespread attention during the presidential campaign, suffers from epilepsy. On Dec. 15, after a truly contentious interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, an anonymous Twitter user tweeted at him an image of a strobe flashing at rapid speed.

According to a court filing on Monday by Eichenwald, the user — under the handle, @jew_goldstein, "sent this image with the intent of causing a seizure, as evidenced by the words Doe typed onto the strobe, 'You deserve a seizure for your posts.' Doe succeeded in his effort to use Twitter as a means of committing assault, causing [Eichenwald] to have a seizure which led to personal injury."

In Dallas, Eichenwald is now seeking a pre-suit deposition of Twitter's records custodian in an effort to unmask the alleged perpetrator for purposes of either litigation or criminal prosecution.

"Absent a need for litigation to facilitate production of the identity of Doe for his having engaged in assault, Petitioner will not be bringing suit against Twitter for the publication of the depraved and illegal actions of Doe," states Eichenwald's petition. "Upon information and belief, Twitter suspended Doe's account upon learning of the assault."

Eichenwald is represented by Timothy Perkins at Underwood Perkins. The journalist tweeted the petition he filed along with the comment, "I'm coming for you, you son of a bitch."