Bloomberg Law
Feb. 2, 2023, 9:16 PM

Barstool Sports Founder Drops Appeal of Insider Defamation Suit

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy dropped his appeal seeking to reinstate his claims against Insider Inc. for allegedly publishing false accusations that he sexually assaulted women.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed Portnoy’s appeal Thursday, one day after the parties filed a stipulated motion to dismiss. The court docket reflects no reason for the dismissal and counsel for the parties didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The suit alleged that Insider “published, as fact,” that he “‘violently’ raped and sexually assaulted three unnamed” women, which he called “an outright fabrication.” The complaint alleged that Insider ...

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