Monday, July 30, 2018

Sean Spicer Threatens Lawsuit Against AP

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer is threatening to take legal action against the Associated Press over a report from the wire service about an incident on his book tour, accoridng to The Hill.

Spicer’s attorney Michael J. Bowe said in a statement Saturday night that the AP “recklessly republished a categorically false accusation about Sean Spicer.”

“The claim is a lie. Absent an immediate retraction, Mr. Spicer will take legal action Monday,” Bowe said.

The AP report, published Saturday, documented an incident at Spicer’s book signing in Middletown, R.I., on Friday during which a black man claiming to be a former classmate of Spicer’s at Portsmouth Abbey School accused Spicer of using a racial slur.

A publicist for Spicer told the AP that the former press secretary was "taken aback" by the "outrageous" claim.

Regnery Publishing publicist Lauren McCue said Spicer "can’t recall any incident” like the one Lombard described.

Video of the encounter published by shows the man, identified as Alex Lombard, approaching Spicer at event.

Spicer is currently on tour promoting his new book, “The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and the President,” about his time in the White House. The former aide left the White House last summer.

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