Sideshow: Glenn Beck sued by Boston Marathon victim

Beck is being sued by a Saudi Arabian injured in Boston. HARRISON McCLARY
Beck is being sued by a Saudi Arabian injured in Boston. HARRISON McCLARY (/ Reuters)
Posted: April 03, 2014

Suing Glenn Beck . . .

. . . is fast becoming a national pastime.

The 50-year-old former Fox News analyst, who maintains his creds as an independent thinker by dissing, insulting, and generally alienating everyone else, is being sued for defamation by Abdulrahman Alharbi, 20, a Saudi Arabian student injured in the Boston Marathon attack last April.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, Alharbi's suit claims that on his webcast Blaze, Beck maligned the student by identifying him as "an active participant" in the attack in addition to the Tsarnaev brothers. Even though Alharbi was questioned and cleared by the FBI, Beck continued the accusation.

The former Fox News pundit vowed to expose Alharbi as an al-Qaeda "control agent" and the "money man" behind the attacks.

Alharbi, who seeks unspecified damages, says in the suit that his reputation was "substantially and severely damaged" by Beck's accusations.

Beck has yet to comment.

Hall of Fame inductors

The inductors who will induct the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week in Brooklyn have been announced.

On the local front, pop-soul duo Hall and Oates will be speechified by the Roots drummer and Tonight Show bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. Bruce Springsteen will talk up his own backing unit, the E Street Band.

Current provisional E Street Band member Tom Morello will pen an ode to Kiss. Michael Stipe will send in Nirvana. Coldplay's Chris Martin, in his first public appearance since becoming uncoupled from Gwyneth Paltrow, will induct Peter Gabriel. Linda Ronstadt will be praised by Glenn Frey of the Eagles. See the full list at www.rockhall.com.

- Dan DeLuca

A Kiss-off to the Hall

The members of Kiss aren't nearly as happy to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as you might imagine. That's because only the band's original members - Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss - will be inducted. The four guitarists and two drummers who've joined the band since 1991 won't be on the list.

"That's arrogance coming from pencil-pushers," Stanley tells USA Today. "We're the people wearing the guitars." He adds, "The arrogance went further when they tried to strong-arm us into having the original lineup play in makeup."

They've refused, opting to perform with faces naked save for a faint grimace of glory.


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