Comedian Michael Rapaport filed for summary judgment in a lawsuit against Barstool Sports, Inc. on March 3, 2020, alleging there was enough evidence to hold the entertainment company responsible for breach of contract and defamation.
According to Rapaport’s complaint, the comedian signed a deal with Barstool Sports in 2017 to provide video content for the company’s website and to host a weekly podcast on the company’s platform for Sirius XM. Rapaport claims that this deal earned him $ 200,000 for the online videos and $ 400,000 for the podcast. However, this deal was never realized.
Rapaport claims that Barstool executives refused to renew the relationship just months after it broke up. Rapaport called Barstool’s actions a coordinated attack in order to violate the existing talent agreement and damage Rapaport’s reputation. His amended complaint states: “After BSI’s decision not to keep Mr Rapaport, BSI employees, personalities and bloggers launched a systematic campaign to publicize Mr Rapaport’s relationship with BSI and his credibility as an actor and actor privately discredit, belittle and undermine artists. “
While Barstool claims the company distanced itself from Rapaport for its recalcitrant behavior, including insulting Barstool’s fan base, Rapaport claims Barstool encouraged his behavior, stating that the company “thrives on controversy” and that it has never been warned to tone down his statements.
Rapaport claims Barstool defamed the comedian in a series of targeted attacks after breaking his alleged agreement. He claims the company fabricated defamatory statements about him and even labeled him a racist, domestic abuser and fraudster. As a result of the controversy, Rapaport is demanding $ 16.4 million in damages, alleging that the controversy caused by Barstool cost him his career in Hollywood.
Bar stool attorneys aren’t impressed, however. Aaron J. Moss of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP responded to Rapaport’s motion for a summary of the verdict by saying, “As we said from the start, this lawsuit is nothing more than a schoolyard argument that has nothing to do with it has to stand before a federal court. We look forward to filing our own motion for summary judgment soon. “
Richard Busch, Rapaport’s attorney, replied, “We saw Mr. Moss testimony and we are just not going to take the bait and try this case in the press. It’s just not appropriate. We will hear our case in court and before the jury. “