Glenn Beck and The Blaze are countersuing Tomi Lahren, according to court documents filed on Monday and obtained by legal website LawNewz.com.
The countersuit, which claims that The Blaze is still paying Lahren, asks the court to prohibit Lahren from “making any public appearances without TheBlaze’s prior approval,” from publicly commenting about The Blaze and from “disparaging, criticizing, ridiculing, or making any negative comments about TheBlaze, Beck, or any of its or his employees or family members, or anyone else known by Lahren to be a friend or other associate of Beck.”
Lahren previously sued Beck and The Blaze for wrongful termination, a charge the countersuits rejects. (RELATED: Tomi Lahren Suing Glenn Beck And The Blaze)
The suit claims that The Blaze is exercising a “pay-or-play” clause in Lahren’s contract that allows them to continue paying her while keeping her off the air.
Lahren also claimed that The Blaze was punishing her for voicing pro-choice views during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” where Lahren called pro-life conservatives hypocrites, apparently reversing her previous public positions on abortion.
The suit says Lahren’s comments were “simply the latest in a series of events that led TheBlaze management to conclude that TheBlaze did not intend to extend her contract beyond the end of its term in September 2017” and lists a series of complaints against her.
The Blaze claims Lahren’s public behavior “embarrassed” the conservative media company and that she was toxic to the office culture.
“Lahren was divisive and created conflicts with other media personalities at TheBlaze,” the suit claims, adding: “Lahren’s treatment of the floor crew was inappropriate and unprofessional, constantly complaining about everything including but not limited to lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting, directing, etc.”
“Lahren has been overheard by many employees complaining about TheBlaze, stating that she will sue TheBlaze and that she could own TheBlaze when she is done,” another section claims.
The documents confirm The Daily Caller’s reporting that Lahren’s divisive, angry style oftentimes placed her at odds with coworkers, even before her appearance on “The View.”
In addition to publicly silencing Lahren, the suit seeks to recoup monetary damages and attorney’s fees from Lahren.
The countersuit also addresses Lahren’s Facebook page — and its millions of followers — to which she claims The Blaze has restricted her access. The Blaze claims that it — not Lahren — owns the page, but that “the only restriction of her use of it would be to abide by her contract and her nondisclosure agreement.”
Beck did not immediately return a request for comment.
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