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Wednesday, November 14

Judith Regan Sues Murdoch Empire

From the Smoking Gun

Publisher claims firing done to protect Giuliani presidential bid

NOVEMBER 13--Judith Regan, the volcanic publishing industry figure who sought to publish O.J. Simpson's "I Did It" (and trysted with Bernard Kerik in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero) today sued Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate for defamation, claiming that she was unjustly tarred as an anti-Semite when fired last year.

In a blistering $100 million lawsuit filed today in New York State Supreme Court, Regan, 54, accuses several defendants, including Murdoch's News Corporation and HarperCollins Publishers, of orchestrating a smear campaign that was intended to advance the Murdoch political agenda and protect "Rudy Giuliani's presidential ambitions."

According to Regan, Murdoch employees were aware of her personal relationship with Kerik and, fearing she had damaging information on Giuliani's former police commissioner and business partner, "knew they would be protecting Giuliani if they could preemptively discredit her."

The Murdoch firms did this, Regan charges, by claiming she made anti-Semitic statements during a phone conversation with a HarperCollins lawyer. However, the ousted editor alleges, the offensive statements were never made- an assertion she says is backed up by a temporary secretary who listened in on the call in question. An excerpt from Regan's sprawling 72-page complaint (which even quotes from the tawdry sex suit once filed against Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly) can be found below. The entire lawsuit, in a PDF form, can be downloaded here. (4 pages)

Comments: She got what she paid for.
After years of Regan's whining in the 1990's about how disgraceful and utterly immoral it was for Bill Clinton to get a BJ from Monica and then my finding out that she was f*cking Bernie Kerick in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero- an apartment that was supposed to be used by the FD and rescue workers who needed down time, would it surprise anyone that she would someday be a victim in her own game? That she would be paid back by the universe for her own disgraceful behavior? If you want to be a player in political games, then you have to expect these setbacks.

So a great big boo fucking hoo goes out to Regan.

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