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Defamation case filed by Dave Portnoy against Insider dismissed

Dave Portnoy defamation case dismissed by the judge

Barstool Sports has become somewhat of a household name among sports fans nationwide. Unfortunately, the reason Barstool Sports has been in the news recently has entailed reasons that have nothing to do with athletics. Back in February, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy sued after the site published two articles describing unsavory details about Portnoy’s sexual encounters with multiple younger women. 

Multiple women featured in the stories shared accounts of harrowing sexual misconduct at the hands of Portnoy, who is 45 years of age. Last week, a federal judge determined that Portnoy lacked the evidence necessary to prove that had wrongful intentions against him. Since Portnoy failed to supply that requirement of the case, it was dismissed, but Portnoy didn’t seem to be down in the dumps about it on Twitter.  

In a video he shared, he said, “Every legal expert said it was an uphill battle. That it’s almost impossible for a public figure to prove defamation.” The lawsuit that Portnoy filed against Insider named co-founder and CEO Henry Blodget, editor-in-chief Nicholas Carson and reporters Melkorka Licea and Julia Black as defendants. Portnoy’s claim in the case was that the articles were published as “hit pieces” which were designed to destroy his reputation while increasing traffic for The first article was published on the site about a year ago, with a headline reading, “‘I was literally screaming in pain’: Young women say they met Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy for sex and it turned violent and humiliating.” 

Just four months later, a follow-up article was published on the site with a headline saying, “3 more women say Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy filmed them without asking during sex.” At that point, Portnoy was quick to pursue legal action against It’s still confusing whether or not Portnoy was guilty of the acts he was accused of in the articles.

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