Joy Reid of MSNBC’s AM Joy has been sued by a Donald Trump supporter claiming Reid falsely accused her of hurling racial slurs at a teen in a photo that went viral this year.
The Blast reports that Roslyn La Liberte says Reid used “her substantial social media presence, fame, and reputation as a hard-hitting journalist” to share the “fake news” with her followers that La Liberte “screamed abhorrent racial slurs” at a 14-year-old boy.
According to La Liberte, the political analyst claimed on social media that she showed up to a rally and “screamed” at the teen that he is “going to be the first deported.” She also claims Reid accused her of calling the child a “dirty Mexican,” which she denies.
La Liberte believes Reid’s comments “were also born out of her personal animus and dislike of President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, and supporters of each, including those wearing MAGA hats.” She also claims to have received hundreds of death threats following Reid’s statements.
Reid reportedly apologized on Twitter and deleted the accusatory posts, but that isn’t stopping La Liberte, who is suing for defamation and seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.