Hunter Biden Accuses Fox News of Violating Revenge Porn Law in Legal Storm

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Amid the neon lights and rush of Manhattan, a compelling legal storm is brewing. Hunter Biden, the President’s son, has hurled a hefty accusation against Fox News, accusing the media giant of unlawfully broadcasting explicit images of him. For Fox News, the alleged transgression was part of a streaming series — “The Trial of Hunter Biden” — that first hit screen across America via the Fox Nation streaming service in 2022.

This series wasn’t your average binge-watch fare. Fashioned as a ‘mock trial,’ it put Hunter Biden in the dock for alleged crimes the junior Biden has yet to face in any bona fide court of law. All the while, the series showcased unbidden images of Hunter Biden, revealing him in the nude, engaging in intimate acts – at least, that’s what Biden’s suit purports.

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According to this legal salvo, the public exhibit of such intimate images without his explicit consent constitutes a stark violation of New York’s so-called revenge porn law. The legal complaint alleges that Fox knowingly published these intrusive pictures to its colossal audience of millions in a manipulative attempt to publicly degrade and belittle Hunter Biden, tarnishing his reputation in the process. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges, these images were branded as part of an entertainment program intended to provoke and agitate Mr. Biden.

However, Fox News is hardly rolling over in response. A spokesperson for the network swiftly dismissed the legal action as an “entirely politically motivated lawsuit” that was “devoid of merit.” The spokesperson emphasized that the network received, and acted upon, a letter from Biden’s legal counsel, demanding the controversial program’s takedown from all streaming platforms in April 2024.

Instead of capitulating completely, Fox News removed the program within a handful of days post-receipt of the letter, in a move described as an “abundance of caution.” Their emailed statement stood fast on the grounds that Hunter Biden holds the status of a public figure, subjected multiple times to investigations and, now, a convicted felon.

Indeed, just last month, the President’s son was convicted on three felony charges. Prosecutors surmised he’d acquired a revolver in 2018 under false pretenses, by denying to fall under the clasifcation of an illegal substance addict on the mandatory gun purchase form.

Despite these convictions, the crux of the suit lies within the series’ mock trial. The pseudo-proceedings leveled accusations of bribery and unorthodox financial involvements with foreign governments against Hunter. None of these charges have been officially mounted by the courts.

The lawsuit isn’t in pursuit of vindication alone — it’s after financial redress as well, seeking both compensatory and punitive damages. Additionally, the suit requests that Fox be compelled to remove any remaining explicit images. Yet, the lawsuit isn’t convinced that Fox has been entirely thorough; claiming that promotional materials have not been wholly removed by Fox and some content remains accessible via third-party streaming platforms.

As the legal gears grind into action, this story is far from over; a fact that no doubt suits the dramatis personae of America’s political and media landscape: the President’s son, and a global media behemoth.