Journalist Matt Taibbi received a settlement and correction from The Nation after the left-wing magazine falsely accused him of sexually assaulting teenage girls during his time in Russia.
The original article “Are Sexual Predators in the Workplace Finally Facing Justice?” compared Taibbi to President Donald Trump, who has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, because of stories in his pseudo-biographical novel “The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia.” Taibbi has made clear that stories The Nation referenced are fictional. No woman has accused Taibbi of inappropriate behavior.
“Matt Taibbi, who boasted about molesting teenagers and constantly harassing staffers in The eXile, the memoir he co-authored with Mark Ames about his years as a would-be gonzo journalist in Moscow, has gone on to an illustrious career at Rolling Stone, and now claims that he and Ames made the whole thing up as ‘satire.’ Silly people, what made you think that a book labeled as nonfiction by its publisher was true?” the original Nation article reads.
In a statement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, Taibbi wrote that he had “reached an amicable settlement with the Nation, an organization whose work I have held in high regard. I wish them success in their future endeavors. I am happy this matter could be resolved.”
The article on The Nation’s website now features a correction, saying the original “contained a statement about Matt Taibbi that was inaccurate.”
Taibbi’s attorney, William Moran, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that his client expects compensation from other outlets.
“Matt Taibbi intends to pursue legal action against several media outlets that wrongly defamed him in late 2017.”
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