Owners of Alfa Group file defamation lawsuit against author of "Trump dossier"
MOSCOW, October 5 (RAPSI) – Owners of Russian consortium Alfa Group Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan have filed a defamation lawsuit against Fusion GPS company and its head Glenn Simpson over publication of information contained in the so-called "Trump dossier", court documents available to RAPSI read on Thursday.
The plaintiffs stated that during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections opponents of Donald Trump hired Simpson to compile a dossier containing damaging information about the candidate. The document in question in many ways was focused on Trump’s alleged relations with Russia and Russian meddling with the elections in the United States.
According to the plaintiffs, authors of the dossier mentioned Alfa in one of the reports and claimed that its owners are implicated “in the scandalous allegations involving Russia and President Trump” as well as other criminal activities, including corruption.
“Defendants knew that this Report was not verified, and that it defamed Plaintiffs on its face. Defendants could easily have removed that Report from the Dossier before they started peddling the Dossier to media and journalists in September and October 2016. They chose not to do so,” the lawsuit reads.
In May, the plaintiffs filed a similar lawsuit against U.S. media company Buzzfeed and its employees, who published the same dossier in January. The plaintiffs asked a court to recover compensation of at least $25,000 for each of them and to fine Buzzfeed with a sum established during the hearings.