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Hunter v. Fox, A.I. Biden & Fifty Shades of Freedman

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Hunter Biden's message to Fox News? Clean up your act, set the record straight, and ax The Trial of Hunter Biden from the Fox Nation streaming service. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images
Eriq Gardner
April 30, 2024

Of course Hunter Biden has hired ubiquitous entertainment industry litigator Bryan Freedman—yes, the same attorney who has advised Chris Cuomo and Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson—to threaten Fox News with legal action over its unhealthy obsession with him. Having marshaled a legal team that also includes fellow heavy hitters Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, Hunter is making it abundantly clear that he won’t tolerate being continually smeared with what he describes as baseless allegations linking him and his dad to a bribery scheme. His message to Fox News? Clean up your act, set the record straight, and ax The Trial of Hunter Biden from the Fox Nation streaming service. 

While word of these demands is spreading like wildfire in the media, don’t hold your breath waiting for the letter itself to appear on mainstream news sites. That’s likely because the demand letter is NSFW. Yes, the notorious intimate snapshots from Hunter’s stolen laptop have found their way into The Trial of Hunter Biden, which his legal team argues is a breach of “revenge porn” statutes and constitutes a copyright infringement. But rather than simply, and chastely, asserting the illegality of publishing someone’s selfies sans consent (the Freedman letter nods to Ellen DeGeneres’ iconic Oscar photo a decade ago, where Bradley Cooper inadvertently became the “author” simply by holding the camera), Hunter’s legal squad has gone one step further by including the risqué images themselves. That’s highly unusual, in my experience, and likely a tactic to limit circulation of the letter. (I’ve gotten my hands on it, but I’ll spare you.)