Hunter Biden Sues Fox News Over Alleged Revenge Porn Violation

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Emerging from the heart of the Big Apple, Hunter Biden, son of the U.S. President, launched a legal salvos against media giant, Fox News. The reason for this unexpected cannonade? The president’s progeny alleges that the network has circulated explicit images of him without his consent, breaching New York’s revenge porn law—an accusation that has sent ripples across the media landscape.

At the eye of the scandal is a show titled “The Trial of Hunter Biden,” which sprung to life on the digital streaming wing of Fox, Fox Nation, earlier in 2022. Masked under the guise of a “mock trial,” the show stirred up a tumultuous sea with an expose of images that allegedly showed Hunter Biden unclothed, and purportedly involved in explicit acts—an unpalatable affront that dances at the edge of legality, according to the filed lawsuit.

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Interestingly, the narratives spun within the mock trial play out charges that have, as of yet, only evaded Hunter Biden in the realm of factual reality. Claims of bribery and dubious financial entanglements with foreign governments become the virulent crux of the series—an element of the show that the Biden camp refutes with vehemence.

The lawsuit contends that the dissemination of intimate, explicit images was calibrated as a blow aimed to tarnish Hunter’s reputation, roiling an already controversial figure with further humiliation, annoyance, and alarm. The distribution’s broad reach, extending to an audience numbering in the millions, only sharpened this seeming assault.

In response, Fox News placed itself at a staunch defense. An authoritative pillar of the network refuted the lawsuit as a politically-tinged gambit, hollow of any meaningful credibility. The news behemoth claims that it has upheld the inviolable ethos of the First Amendment, providing an unadulterated account of Hunter Biden’s affairs dictated by his own actions. The network highlighted Hunter Biden’s public figure status and recent conviction of three felonies in connection with a 2018 firearm purchase where he was accused of making false statements.

Yet, Fox News did display conciliation, as evidenced with the removal of the program from its platforms. What spurred this act of compliance was, according to the network, a missive penned from the attorneys representing the president’s son, demanding that the show be dismantled and dismantled it was—albeit out of a surplus of caution.

Despite Fox News’ conciliatory move, the lawsuit demands penalties that bite deeper. Hunter Biden’s camp is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages and, moreover, pushing for a mandate that would compel Fox to eradicate any copies of the explicit content. Because, as the lawsuit claims, Fox News hasn’t entirely wiped the slate clean: promotional materials for the disputed show still hang in digital limbo and traces of the trial series can still be unearthed on third-party streaming platforms. It’s a lawsuit that continues to fuel debates on privacy, freedom of speech, and the boundaries of public interest reporting, unfolding one development at a time.