Barstool's Portnoy drops defamation suit after reported sexual misconduct

By , Audacy Sports

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has dropped his appeal after his defamation case against the outlet Insider was dismissed late last year.

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Portnoy, 44, sued Insider over two stories published in late 2021 and early 2022 in which he was accused of sexual misconduct, including filming some of his partners without their permission.

His defamation suit was dismissed in a Massachusetts court in November, and he filed an appeal shortly after.

That appeal has now been dropped, however.

Insider editor-in-chief Nich Carlson, who was named in Portnoy's lawsuit, said he was "not surprised" by the appeal being dropped.

"Our stories were accurate and fair," he said in a statement published on social media.

In his decision on dismissing the suit, the judge said Insider's reporting had “corroborated the women’s accounts with photographs, text and social media messages, videos, medical reports, police documents, an Uber receipt, and statements from at least three friends who saw or spoke with the women soon after their interactions with plaintiff.”

Portnoy has denied the framing of the reporting that he lured significantly younger women into painful and humiliating sexual encounters.

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