Pass the popcorn, part 2: Glenn Beck files countersuit against Tomi Lahren

From today’s Morning Media NewsFeed, which is produced by AdWeek:

A little more than a week after getting sued by perhaps his biggest star, Tomi Lahren, Glenn Beck has filed a counterclaim. In a document filed Monday in a Texas court, Beck and TheBlaze, the multimedia enterprise he founded in 2010, accuse Lahren of mistreating staff and violating the terms of her contract. (CNN)

Lahren’s suit alleged she had been fired for her pro-choice stances. But in the countersuit, Beck and TheBlaze contend Lahren is still an employee, a statement the company first made after Lahren filed suit. Lahren’s contract with the company ends in September. Beck and his company requested a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction. (USA Today / On Politics)

Beck and his media company say the suspension of her show in March was due to “divisive” employment conduct. “TheBlaze supports its employees’ expression of their opinions and did not take issue with Lahren’s comments simply because they expressed a pro-choice viewpoint,” Beck and TheBlaze said in their counterclaim. “Her comments were shocking and disappointing because they demonstrated Lahren was uniformed and unprepared to speak on those issues. In addition, her comments were inconsistent with positions she had previously expressed.” (Variety)

The lawsuit states that Lahren’s treatment of the floor crew during her shows was “inappropriate and unprofessional” and that she constantly complained about lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting and directing. The complaint also alleges her “word choice on air” had to be addressed on a consistent basis because she bordered on profane. “Lahren turned down a number of advertisers on TheBlaze for unexplained reasons, limiting any chance for TheBlaze to recoup its investment into her and her show,” the paperwork states. (Law Newz)

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