Glenn Beck’s claims about a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian “money man” involved in the Boston Marathon bombings have landed him a defamation lawsuit. Abdulrahman Alharbi, a student at the New England School of English, filed a suit against Beck on Friday (March 28) claiming his reputation was “substantially and severely damaged” by Beck’s claims.
For some context, Alharbi had been injured during the bombing. He was questioned by police and had his apartment searched, and later was cleared of all potential wrongdoing — but Beck wasn’t convinced.
Following the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, Beck demanded information be released by the United States government about Alharbi, attesting the student was a “proven terrorist” and a “control agent.”
“Alharbi has received numerous messages, Internet postings and other communications based on Beck’s false statements accusing him of being a murderer, child killer and terrorist,” the suit reads.
Neither Beck nor Beck’s agent have responded to the lawsuit. Alharbi’s suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.