In what seems like a regular thing now, Gawker Media is getting sued. According to the New York Post, Ashley Terrill is suing Gawker, editor John Cook and writer Sam Biddle for libel. She’s seeking $10 million in damages.
According to Terrill’s suit, she had suspicions that her computer had been hacked while she was working on a story about sexual harassment at Tinder. A friend suggested that Gawker might be able to help, so she sought out Cook and Biddle. All three allegedly made an agreement to keep the material and Terrill’s identity confidential.
Instead, the suit claims, Gawker later published their own Tinder story and featured Terrill’s name often. Gawker’s piece also claimed Terrill was engaging in “character assassination” of Whitney Wolfe, a Tinder co-founder.
Terrill alleges that Biddle went back on his word because he had a relationship with Wolfe and another Tinder staffer.
A Gawker spokesperson told the Post that Terrill’s suit was “frivolous,” but Gawker had to bring on an investor just to help with its legal fight with Hulk Hogan, so another lawsuit should probably be described in any other way than that.