Palin Threatens to Sue McGinniss Over Rogue

Publisher, author printed info they 'knew to be false,' says attorney
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2011 1:07 AM CDT
Palin Threatens to Sue McGinniss Over Rogue
Sarah Palin pumps her fist as she addresses a Tea Party Express rally in in New Hampshire earlier this month. She know threatening to sue the publisher and author of a damning book about her.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

(Newser) – Here's something that's bound to get more people reading The Rogue. Sarah Palin is threatening to sue author Joe McGinniss and his publisher for his tell-everything tome about the former Alaska governor, which includes gossip about drug use and adultery, reports ABC News. The work was roundly criticized in the press for repeating unsubstantiated rumors. The book "contains a series of lies and rumors presented as fact and combined with 'anonymous' sources," charges Palin attorney John Tiemessen in a letter to the head of the Crown Publishing Group. Tiemessen quotes an attached email apparently written by the author which “clearly describes the fact that Mr. McGinniss researched and investigated many false and scurrilous allegations, and concluded that there was absolutely no evidence anywhere backing these allegations," he writes.

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“The final work that was published contains most of the stories that Mr. McGinniss complains were nothing more than ‘tawdry gossip.’ Since both your company and the author clearly knew the statements were false, admitted they had no basis in fact, but decided to publish in order to harm Governor Palin’s family, you and Mr. McGinniss have defamed the Palins.” Neither Crown nor McGinniss had immediate comment. (Read more Joe McGinniss stories.)

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