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Boston Marathon bombing victim suing Glenn Beck for defamation

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On March 31, 2014, the Courthouse News Service reported that Glenn Beck and his company are being sued for defamation and slander by Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing whom Beck accused of being a "control agent" for Al-Qaeda:

Beck, The Blaze and Mercury Radio all are based in Texas, defendant Premiere in California. Beck's show is owned by Blaze and its corporate parent Mercury, according to the complaint.

The complaint adds: "Beck falsely accused Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks that took place at the Boston Marathon.

"On or about May 8, 2013, and at repeated and diverse times thereafter, Beck stated that Alharbi was the 'money man' who had funded the attacks at the Boston Marathon.

"The statements made by Beck were false."

Alharbi says he has "received numerous messages ... based on Beck's statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer and terrorist."

He seeks punitive damages for defamation with malice.

Beck had sought to smear the Obama administration almost immediately in the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing. He notoriously threatened to reveal damaging information about Alharbi unless the administration confessed within three days, and when they did not, falsely insisted that Alharbi was "was set to be deported under section 212 3B," a designation that would have denied him entry into the U.S. to begin with, a claim which Beck refused to retract even after his own guests pointed out the fallacies of such a claim.

This ultimately resulted in Beck's infamous declaration that the Obama administration was conspiring to make him look like a conspiracy theorist.

Presumably, a Glenn Beck temper tantrum about freedom of speech followed by a conspiracy theory that the Obama administration is behind this will soon follow.