Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder has filed defamation lawsuits in India and in Los Angeles to defend against wild rumors that circulated about his ownership prior to a Washington Post story last month.
In a statement from the team sent to NBC Sports Washington the legal action was explained:
In response to false and slanderous stories attributed to a paid for hire publication, Mr. Snyder has filed a defamation action in India, and an action in Los Angeles seeking to compel discovery in the United States to uncover the person(s) involved in the placement of these stories. While Mr. Snyder understands that truthful criticism about the Washington Football Team comes with the territory of owning the team, malicious criminal allegations cross the line. He intends to hold all of those responsible for this defamation accountable, and will donate any proceeds recovered in the lawsuit to charity.
In the Post story last month 15 women made allegations of a culture of abuse and sexual harassment inside the organization, and in the time since the club fired two personnel executives and watched longtime team broadcaster Larry Michael abruptly resign.
According to TMZ.com:
Snyder took his battle to federal court Friday morning seeking info on a company called New Content Media, which operates the website, meaww.com. He's also filed a $10 million lawsuit in India against the parent company of the website that published the heinous stories last month.
According to docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Snyder says meaww.com posted an article hinting that a forthcoming Washington Post story was going to expose Snyder's alleged involvement in sex trafficking.
Stay tuned for much more on this developing story.
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