Former Trump campaign staffer Jason Miller filed a lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group on Monday, seeking to recover $100 million in damages after one of the company’s web properties published a story saying he had secretly slipped abortion pills into the smoothie of a former lover.
“This case is a terrifying example of how people can use false accusations of violence against women to destroy someone’s life,” the suit reads. “Because of Miller’s politics and association with the current Presidential Administration, [Gizmodo] knew they could benefit financially and editorially by attacking him.”
Hours after Splinter published their story, Miller “stepped away” indefinitely from his role as a pro-Trump CNN contributor. The suit says the website conspired with Miller’s former lover A.J. Delgado, who is currently locked in a bitter custody battle with him.
Both Miller and reps for Gizmodo did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap. Miller publicly denied the allegations contained in the Splinter report in a lengthy Twitter statement online at the time.
“There is no validity to the false accusations made in the document,” said Miller, who warned Splinter that they would face legal consequences for publishing. “I will clear my name in this matter and seek to hold Ms. Delgado, Splinter and anyone else involved in spreading these lies legally accountable,” he continued.
The original Splinter piece quoted a legal filing from Delgado that made the accusation.
“Shortly thereafter, according to Joe Doe, Mr. Miller visited her at her apartment with a Smoothie beverage. Unbeknownst to Jane Doe, the Smoothie contained an abortion bill. [sic] The pill induced an abortion, and Jane Doe wound up in a hospital emergency room, bleeding heavily and nearly went into a coma. The unborn child died,” the filing read.
“Jane Doe herself was hospitalized for two days, the abortion pill possibly reacting with potential street drugs in her system at the time she drank the Smoothie,” it continued. “Upon leaving the hospital, a rightly enraged Jane Doe contacted the staffers of local politicians with whom Mr. Miller had been in attendance at Rachel’s the night they met. Mr. Miller then, in a panic, attempted to have Jane Doe sign a non-disclosure agreement (‘NDA’), presumably in exchange for a sum of money.”