Hunter Biden is suing former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne for defamation over claims that the first son sought a bribe from Iran.
Biden's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the Central District of California over the allegations dating back to 2021.
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"Byrne allegedly stated that the younger Biden told the Iranian government that, “If you do this deal with us, it will lubricate other negotiations which have recently started between us,” according to the suit," the Hill reported.
"The former Overstock CEO then reposted these statements on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Oct. 8, about a day after the militant group Hamas launched a bloody incursion into Israel that left more than 1,400 people dead, the lawsuit claims," it added.
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“These defamatory statements by Byrne are not merely false and not merely malicious—they are completely outrageous,” Biden’s attorneys wrote in the lawsuit.
“Byrne knows his statements are baseless and yet published and republished them anyway, and he continues to propagate his lies to anyone who will listen, including his hundreds of thousands of social media followers,” they continued.
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"In September, the Biden administration reached a deal to unfreeze $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets held in a South Korean bank in exchange for the release of five Americans held captive by the Iranian regime," the Epoch Times reported.
"Some Republicans have suggested the release of these funds may have emboldened Iran to sponsor the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks," it noted.
It's not the first time that Byrne has faced a major lawsuit. In 2021, the former Overstock leader was sued by Dominion voting systems over 2020 election allegations.
The lawsuit from Hunter Biden also came on the same that that he was subpoenaed to appear before the House Oversight Committee. Jim Biden, his uncle and the brother of President Joe Biden, was also included in the subpoena.
Hunter Biden's legal battles continue to grow, but this time it's due to a lawsuit of his own choosing, taking on a business leader over claims he believes have defamed him before the public.