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Payback! Glenn Beck Being Sued by Muslim Student He Falsely Blamed for Boston Marathon Bombing

Right-wing radio host and former Fox News host Glenn Beck is being sued by the 20-year-old Muslim man he put in the center of his bizarre Boston marathon bombing plot in the days following the tragic attack.

Abdulrahman Alharbi, a student, was merely watching the race when the explosion  went off near the end of the race injuring him. Like others in and around the scene, he was questioned by federal authorities in the days following his attack and, with his permission, the FBI searched his home, clearing him from any participation.

This led to a report in The Blaze erroneously saying that Alharbi was set to be deported from country due to his involvement in the bombins, a charge categorically denied by the INS at the time.

The Blaze’s  deportation claim, though,  turned out to be all the fodder needed by Beck to concoct a convoluted conspiracy theory that cast Alharbi as the ‘money man’ at the center of a multinational plot that involved Saudi Arabia, Obama and the so-called Muslim Brotherhood, as well as the two Chechen brothers ultimately charged in the case.

At the time, Beck told his listeners that his Boston Marathon bombing plot “is so far beyond Benghazi” that it is criminal and demanded that Alharbi’s failed deportation was proof that the Saudis were the true bombing masterminds.

Alharbi, who has no criminal record and was never the subject of deportation, said that Beck’s false claims were not only disruptive to his life and reputation, but they made him a target for death threats by people who believed Beck’s baseless accusations that he was a murderer, child killer and terrorist.

Now, according to a complaint filed this week in federal court, Alharbi has decided Beck should pay-up for his on-air lies.

“The defendant Glenn Beck, with the active participation of the distributor defendants, repeatedly and falsely identified Mr. Alharbi as an active participant in the crimes that were committed on April 15, 2013, repeatedly questioned the motives of federal officials in failing to pursue or detain Mr. Alharbi and repeatedly and falsely accused Mr. Alharbi of being a criminal who had funded the attacks that took place at the Boston Marathon,” the complaint reads, adding,”Those statements were made widely and publicly. The statements were false and did grave injury to the plaintiff.”

Alharbi is seeking punitive damages for defamation with malice against Beck. A court date has not yet been set.

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  • David William Rutledge

    Make him pay. It would be nice to see him pay for all his other hateful, divisive and ignorant drivel as well. The man is a self recycling sewer system.

    • Dewenda Cooper

      Yes David Rutledge Glen Beck is a hateful liar who devises stories to keep his sick and equally hateful fan base.

  • Linda Diane

    BEck was probably telling the truth. Why did Mrs. O come visit the muslim in the hospital. Seems odd to me.

    • Aaron Koehne

      Why the hell do you care that Michelle Obama came to visit him in the hospital?…The poor dude was made into a target by Beck and ended up having his life be all but ruined…Beck made a rush to judgement before all the facts were brought in at…I seriously hope he gets his pants sued off

    • Jjbadkittyjj

      Always a dumb bitch in the mix! You win the prize you DF!

    • Faith Durrer

      If you are going to argue a point, please learn to find genuine, substantial material to back up your claims. You sound like you like conspiracies, want them to be true, and probably develop opinions based chiefly on emotions. All of that is very problematic for anyone reading your comments, if they have an IQ above 90. I don’t mean to be mean, but did you really analyze this case in any way before you wrote your comment?

    • Dewenda Cooper

      Linda Diane if you believe for one moment that Beck tells the truth you are as guilty as him. I pray for you too!

    • 2Smart2bGOP

      Funny; the idea of Beck telling the truth seems odd to me. (BTW, Mrs Obama visited a LOT of people in the hospital, but I notice you didn’t see fit to mention that.)

    • Since WHEN is a person’s religion a cause to withhold compassion?? You missed the part where she visited MANY victims at SEVERAL hospitals. To omit truth is to lie, Linda. You should be ashamed. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/04/18/obamas-visit-boston-marathon-bombing-victims-at-hospitals/

    • Kathi Geukes

      What’s odd is the fact that you seem to be a racist….Why are YOU questioning what the First Lady does?? Hmmm?? Seems odd to me….:)

    • Estella Cohen

      She visited EVERYONE injured! Good grief.

    • roooth

      Really? Blame the victim?

      Know what I’ve noticed about you twisted f*cks on the far right? You’re all about blaming the victim when the victim is not one of you righties. But, perversely, even when you right wing freaks are the perpetrators, you’re still the victims in your own eyes.

      Beck was no more likely to be telling the truth about this than he is any of the other bullsh&t conspiracies he hawks like snake oil and holy relics to the marks he cons.

      That would be fools like you, who waste even a millisecond considering that anything Beck says may have even a speck of truth in it.

    • Kevin Green

      Your reply is almost as stupid as becks crackpot half baked theories. I hope he gets sued into the poorhouse. I’ll pray for you too Linda since you are the mindless drivel he panders to and tip stupid to realize the ignorance he espouses

  • Dewenda Cooper

    Glen Beck like all the so called conspiracy theorist and Christians will have to answer to God for their baseless lies about the POTUS, and many people of a different faith. How can you claim to love Jesus but spew so much hate and lies. Stirring up therories concocted to ruin people. And there are many sheep led to the slaughter by these wolves in sheep clothing under the guise of doing what’s right for God and country!! God have mercy on his racist soul.

    • Bill_thompson95

      that would be nice if God gave a shit, which he obviously doesn’t since he’s not smiting these bastards daily.

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    While I’m delighted that Beck has to deal with consequences of his actions, this is probably all we will ever hear of it. His people will settle it out of court, and all mention of it will be quietly buried. I hope the young man at least gets enough to make Beck wince.

  • Kathi Geukes

    I hope he takes Glennis for every penny he has…make a nice dent in his income….this liar has gotten away with too many of them…it’s about time he’s held to account!!!

  • Estella Cohen

    I hope he gets every penny he’s asking for! Beck and the far right NEVER seem able to tell the truth. Let them see how much it costs to tell a lie, that they may understand.

  • Bill_thompson95

    I hope he wins $20 or $30 million in damages from that fat, insane clown

  • roooth

    Please God, give all Beck’s money to a Muslim. And not a radical Muslim, just a nice, ordinary guy. A guy just like the rest of your neighbors but who happens to be Muslim.

  • nelsonhead

    Glenn Beck is an ENTERTAINER
    He gets PAID to do and say stupid things.The sad part is there are people who think he’s a god….

  • Audrey Robillard

    Yeah for you Mr. Alharbi, hit him and his sleezy network where it hurts. Deep in their pockets. They been allowed to get away with too much malicious and mean spirited attacks on others. I pray it all goes well for you in the court of law.

  • Evelyn Radford

    And after he wins buy the house next door and move in just to show him what his money bought!