The feud between fiery conservative talker Tomi Lahren and Glenn Beck took a litigious turn on Friday, when the recently suspended Lahren filed a lawsuit against Beck and his company, The Blaze, for “wrongful termination” – a move a Blaze spokesman called “puzzling” because Lahren has not actually been fired.
The event that led to the legal showdown was Lahren’s appearance in mid-March on The View in which she announced that she was pro-choice because it was hypocritical to believe in limited government yet advocate for limiting access to abortion.
“I’m pro-choice, and here’s why, I am a constitutional, y’know, someone that loves the Constitution,” she said (video below). “I’m someone that’s for limited government. So I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies. I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”
Beck strongly condemned Lahren’s suggestion that being a constitutional conservative was in any way at odds with wanting to protect the lives of the unborn. Shortly after her comments, The Blaze permanently suspended Lahren, whose contract was set to expire on Sept. 30.
On Friday, Lahren filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination over her pro-choice view. Dallas News reports:
According to Lahren’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Dallas County, The Blaze cancelled Lahren’s show after she made the controversial abortion statements last month on The View. But The Blaze wanted to keep paying Lahren, the suit says, “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct” in breaking Lahren’s two-year employment contract, which was to continue through Sept. 30. […]
Lahren’s suit alleges that the hubbub surrounding her comments was “a public smear campaign” orchestrated to “inflate Beck’s profile, from what has become a mediocre following, all at [Lahren’s] expense.”
The suit also says that The Blaze won’t allow Lahren access to her Facebook page, where she has 4.2 million followers, which has “irreparably harmed” Lahren.
One essential problem with her suit, a spokesman for The Blaze noted on Friday, is that despite being suspended, Lahren is still under contract and receiving a paycheck.
“It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her,” said the spokesman, who added that Beck would not be commenting directly on the lawsuit.
Lahren claims in her lawsuit that she was told by the human resources director that “her employment was terminated.”
Watch the comments that led to Lahren’s suspension below: