A drag show performer is suing a right-wing blogger for defamation over claims he exposed himself to children.
Eric Posey filed the lawsuit against Sarah Bushnell who a website called the Bushnell report. It bills itself as the purveyor of “North Idaho News from a Liberty and Freedom Viewpoint.”
Posey alleges in the lawsuit that the website published a report that he embarrassed himself in front of children while performing at a drag show. He says the site intentionally edited a video in June to make it appear that Posey exposed himself, though he says he didn’t.
Posey performed as his drag show alter ego Mona Liza Million at the Pride in the Park festival in the town of Coeur d’Alene for the North Idaho Pride Alliance.
In July, the public prosecutor’s office of the city of Coeur d’Alene said There was no evidence to support the exposure claims.
“The allegations of indecent exposure or other crimes cannot be supported by any evidence,” said Wes Somerton, the CID’s assistant chief prosecutor.
Prosecutors said they reviewed the same unedited video and did not see Posey expose himself.
Posey’s attorney, Wendy Olson wrote in the lawsuit that Bushnell lied about her client to gain prominence as a news outlet.
“She also made up a sensational story about Posey exposing his genitals in public, including in front of children,” she said. “Bushnell began by posting a video of herself speaking to the camera on her public Facebook page. She explained that a man in a dress showed his genitals to the crowd, including minors. She said she would put up a blurry video to prove it.”
Bushnell denied that she had defamed Posey in any expression to WFFF TV.
“I didn’t defame him,” Bushnell said. “I didn’t know his real name until I was served and I contend that what he did he shouldn’t have done in front of children in a public place.”
A GoFundMe Account The facility for “Mona” raised $5,725 to help him with lost wages, security relocation expenses, court costs, and “a new dress and a new pair of shoes because the show has to go on!”
Olson said a screenshot of Bushnell’s video appeared on a flyer that was posted throughout the city’s downtown area and on social media.
Posey says he suffered professional harm and emotional distress from the incident and is seeking $10,000 and attorney fees.
Here’s more about the defamation lawsuit:
Drag performer sues blogger for defamation over edited video
https://www.theblaze.com/news/drag-show-posey-lawsuit-bushnell Drag show performer sues right-wing blogger for defamation over allegations he exposed himself to children