Aleksei Gubarev, a Cyprus-based businessman, is suing the tacky “news” and media outlet Buzzfeed for defamation in regards to their publishing of “an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia,” along with allegations of Russian interference in the recent U.S. election.
Gubarev alleges that his companies, as well as himself, were linked without validity in the dossier to the Russian hacking of Democratic Party figures. The damages Gubarev is seeking from Buzzfeed and Ben Smith, their top editor, is currently unspecified.
The most recent filing by Gubarev’s attorneys on Monday appeared to mock Buzzfeed’s editorial style by titling the document this way:
“Six Ways Buzzfeed Has Misled The Court (Number Two Will Amaze You) … And A Picture Of A Kitten.”
The 35-page dossier, compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, was circulating among multiple news outlets during the 2016 election. It contains unproven allegations of coordination between Trump’s advisers and Russians on hacking the emails of prominent Democrats and makes unverified claims about sexual activities.