The owners of a Russian bank are suing BuzzFeed for libel over the publication of the Trump piss dossier, which alleged that they were part of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election. The lawsuit was filed in New York on Friday, according to Politico.
Alfa Bank’s Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven, and German Khan claim that since BuzzFeed knew the dossier continued unverified, and in some cases obviously inaccurate information, the document’s publication was libelous. The dossier claimed the owners of Alfa Bank not only helped Putin interfere with the election but also alleged the three men bribed Putin several years ago. The three men are suing BuzzFeed and its E-I-C Ben Smith and are seeking unspecified damages.
Alfa Bank has come up before in the election, as it was the bank that Trump had supposedly set up a private server to communicate with. That entire story ended up being bogus, but then the name surfaces again when former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele’s piss dossier was published. Aiding the owners’ claims is the fact that some of the clearly incorrect information in the dossier specifically involved Alfa Bank.
“The Article clearly states that the allegations contained in the Dossier were unverified and that the Dossier itself contined errors, including the repeated misspelling of Alfa’s name, and could not be verified despite substantial efforts,” the complaint reads. “The false and defamatory statements published by Defendants of and concerning the Plaintiffs and Alfa, and the implications of those defamatory statements, were made with knowledge of their falsity or with reckless disregard of whether they were true or false.”
This is not the first lawsuit BuzzFeed has had to deal with in the wake of publishing the piss dossier. In February, Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev filed a defamation suit against BuzzFeed for not redacting his name before publishing the dossier. BuzzFeed has since gone ahead and taken his name out, but the damage is done. That suit is still ongoing but on Monday, a U.S. district judge denied BuzzFeed’s request to have the case moved from Florida to New York.
We just want to see the pee tape.
[Politico | Photo: Getty]