Hunter Biden on Wednesday sued Overstock.com’s former chief executive Patrick Byrne alleging defamation over comments he made about seeking a bribe from Iran.
According to the lawsuit, Byrne published false statements in June claiming that the president’s son reached out to the Iranian government in 2021, offering to have his father “unfreeze” $8 billion in Iranian funds for a bribe.
“These defamatory statements by Byrne are not merely false and not merely malicious—they are completely outrageous,” Biden’s attorneys wrote in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in California.
Byrne, a staunch Trump ally, reposted the “false and defamatory” statements alleging Biden had corrupt and treasonous dealings with Iran on X on Oct. 8, the lawsuit says, a day after Hamas attacks in Israel killed about 1,400 people.
Biden’s attorneys said the post implied his “allegedly criminal and corrupt actions had contributed to the terrorist attacks by Hamas.”
“Byrne knows his statements are baseless and yet published and republ….