Holtz files defamation lawsuit against Florida newspaper
Published 12:07 am Thursday, December 14, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz is suing The Daily Beast over an article that claimed he called immigrants “deadbeats” at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Orlando, where Holtz lives, claims an article published by the news website on July 19, 2016, defamed Holtz, causing him to lose paid speaking opportunities and suffer personal humiliation. He’s seeking damages of more than $75,000.
The article originally carried the headline “Lou Holtz at RNC Said Immigrants are Deadbeats Invading the US.” The suit claims The Daily Beast took Holtz’s comments out of context and that he never used the term “deadbeats.”
After complaints, the website updated its headline to “Holtz Goes on Immigrant-Bashing RNC Rant.”
A spokesperson for The Daily Beast’s parent company said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.