Bannon has lawyered up, and the Murdochs are backing him: a legal fight

Steve Bannon – who is facing several sexual harassment lawsuits, multiple death threats and multiple investigations – has hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan on legal counsel. This week he won the prestigious Queen’s…

Bannon has lawyered up, and the Murdochs are backing him: a legal fight

Steve Bannon – who is facing several sexual harassment lawsuits, multiple death threats and multiple investigations – has hired Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan on legal counsel. This week he won the prestigious Queen’s Counsel award from the Kingsley Napley firm, but reports have said the firm has been advising Bannon against taking legal action. Lawyers familiar with the matter have also said Bannon could face charges.

That puts the spotlight on Bannon’s new counsel. And the Guardian says the Murdoch-owned New York Post is backing Bannon:

“The New York Post said the accusations by Rebekah Mercer, his closest friend, lawyer and major investor, against Bannon were designed to cripple the President’s more aggressive right-wing supporters. The paper is one of the few US newspapers with considerable pro-Trump readership and its leader column frequently reiterates Bannon’s work advising Trump.”

Before the publication of his new memoir, which caused a Trumpian-sized political storm, Breitbart News was the only news outlet to keep track of some of the litigation against Bannon. One suit was brought in October 2015 by Summer Zervos, a contestant on Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, in which Bannon was a producer. She alleged Bannon asked her to bear witness to his relationship with his then-wife Ivana Trump.

This month, Zervos relaunched her lawsuit. According to the Guardian, she is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and the “total exposure” of Bannon.

It’s not the first legal move.

Bannon has also been hit with sexual harassment and gender bias lawsuits. And, as “The Daily Beast” points out, one lawsuit from 2004 has just come to light:

“Bannon acknowledges one encounter with Doe: She says Bannon invited her to his office, gave her his cell phone, told her he was upset about her upcoming testimony in the Indian journalist Adnan Khashoggi civil libel suit (against Spy magazine, and in part for comments she had made about Bannon in the article, and how the whole affair affected her long-held family values) and encouraged her to give him a call. She says she gave him her home number and he called. ‘I was wearing a T-shirt, olive-colored pants, tan sandals, and flip-flops,’ she recalls in the lawsuit. ‘I remember the meeting was in Palm Beach. I’ll never forget the black Mercedes Benz that pulled up to my house. He rang the bell. I opened the door. He was in front of me, in shirt and black-and-white striped tie.’

The lawsuit states, ‘[Bannon] did not call her or follow up after this meeting. He did not try to call her, ask her to dinner, invite her to events, or even reply to her email, phone calls, and Facebook messages.’ ‘I told him I was offended that he had misstated my role in Spy and what he was discussing with me in the article,’ Doe says in the complaint. ‘I asked him to excuse himself and leave. He refused and I asked him to leave my property.'”

The lawsuit continues: ‘He walked over and stood in front of me and laid his arms on my chest and said loudly, “You’ve made too much of this. I am going to leave you alone, leave now, and you will never see me again.”‘

“Walking off, he asked if I was on my cell and then received the cell phone. He then told me he was leaving and was going to go to his office, which was on the 17th floor of the Newport Palm Beach Condominium, and called his wife. He hung up and did not call me for several days.'”

It’s not the first time Bannon has been sued. The Unite for Truth Investigation investigation, published in 2017, describes legal action, naming him, from 1991.

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