The high-profile lawsuit in which the Blaze’s on-air radio host, Tomi Lahren, charged that its owner Glenn Beck fired her because of her pro-choice views has come right back at her. Beck and the Blaze have filed a countersuit in Dallas County Court in Texas.
The countersuit states that Lahren’s employment agreement “remains in full force and effect,” according to multiple news reports, adding that the “suspension” of her show in March was due to “divisive” employment conduct.
Earlier this month, Lahren sued for wrongful termination, claiming that she was fired after an appearance on “The View” in which she expressed pro-choice beliefs. She also said that she was shut out of her social media accounts, a Variety story outlined.
Beck denied those allegations in the court filing, stating, “The Blaze supports its employees’ expression of their opinions and did not take issue with Lahren’s comments simply because they expressed a pro-choice viewpoint.” The Blaze also denies that her social media accounts were compromised.
Despite that, Beck and the Blaze added quite the dig: “Her comments were shocking and disappointing because they demonstrated Lahren was uniformed and unprepared to speak on those issues,” they wrote. “In addition, her comments were inconsistent with positions she had previously expressed.” The countersuit said that Lahren’s comments were “offensive” to many Blaze supporters “because they imply that only a hypocrite would believe in the Constitution or conservative values but not be pro-choice.”
And because Lahren is closely associated with The Blaze, her statements also reflected negatively on The Blaze’s reputation. Because of this, Lahren’s show was suspended for one week—while it was also announced that her contract would not be renewed beyond September.
To add to its case, The Blaze said that Lahren’s treatment of The Blaze floor crew on her show was “inappropriate and unprofessional,” as she was “constantly complaining about everything including but not limited to lighting, room temperature, editing, shooting, directing, etc.” the Variety story reported. It claims that she would not work with one of two full-time makeup artists, “which resulted in a report to the human resources department.” As well, on-air “word choices bordered on the profane.”
The Blaze and Beck are seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction that would bar Lahren from making any public appearances without their approval, and from making any unauthorized statements about her employment there, all as part of her employment agreement.
Lahren’s attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.