Conservative writer Dana Loesch is seeking at least $75,000 damages from the parent company of the Breitbart media empire, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday.
She claims her relationship with the company “went tragically awry” and calls Breitbart LLC “vindictive” in its efforts to destroy her reputation and career.
And she says the company refused to let her work elsewhere after she tried to end her contract due to what she described as an increasingly hostile work atmosphere.
“This case concerns a poorly managed but well meaning relationship gone tragically awry, resulting in the attempt by one vindictive party to sabotage the reputation and career of another,” said Loesch in her suit, filed in federal court in her hometown, St. Louis.
Loesch, 34, claims that Breitbart founder Andrew Breitbart — who died in March — had called her “this amazing person who just emerged out of nowhere, who had this amazing spirit and had the ability to write – who was almost the embodiment of everything that I want to happen with journalism.”
She said that everything was going so well that by fall 2012 she had become recognized as the “face of the Breitbart empire,” even though she had tried to quit in September
But then it all went sour, Loesch claims in the suit filed by lawyer Eric Kayira. “For reasons that may just as easily be attributed to basic ideological conflicts, the working environment for Loesch became increasingly hostile. Conditions worsened so much that Loesch was forced to terminate her engagement with Breitbart.com, as was her right under the express terms of her contract with them.
“Unfortunately, and in stark contravention of its agreement with Loesch, Breitbart.com, LLC continues to insist on binding Loesch to what amounts to an indentured servitude in limbo,” the suit adds.
“On the one hand it refuses to publish Loesch’s contributions to the site, and otherwise precluding her from fulfilling her duties as editor. On the other hand, it sabotages her attempts to labor in a similar fashion elsewhere through public misstatements and private threats to sue those who would otherwise employ Loesch."
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