Charles C. Johson, affectionately know around here as ‘Hack-Fraud Chuck C. Johnson‘, is suing gossip site Gawker for $66 million after it published rumors about the ‘journalist’ shitting on the floor in college. Johnson made the announcement on his Facebook page (via The Daily Caller):
Johson’s complaint seeks compensation for the supposed damage two Gawker articles caused him alleging he defecated on the floor during his time at Claremont McKenna College in California. Reports the Huffington Post:
The lawsuit…says that the first offending post was J.K. Trotter’s Dec. 9 article “What Is Chuck Johnson, and Why? The Web’s Worst Journalist, Explained.”
In the comments section of that post, an anonymous writer who claimed to have attended Claremont McKenna with Johnson said he was notorious among their classmates for “pooping on the (I think I’m remembering the floor right) 7th floor of Stark (a dorm).”
The second article — Greg Howard’s “Wait, Did Clowntroll Blogger Chuck Johnson Shit On The Floor One Time?,” which appeared Dec. 9 on the Gawker site Deadspin — doesn’t say the anonymous comments are true. But in the comments section of his own article, Howard does say there is some “good-ass Kinja” — a reference to Gawker’s proprietary commenting tool — on the subject of whether Johnson has maybe pooped where he shouldn’t have. (Howard’s post also includes a rebuttal from Johnson himself.)
You can quote us on this – there is not a chance in hell Johnson will win in court if it actually gets that far. Gawker is not short of money and can well afford to drain Johnson of all his resources. Having been blocked from Twitter, Johnson has had a hard time promoting himself of late, so is likely trying to drum up some much needed publicity for himself. It’s not a terrible stunt in the scheme of things, particularly when compared to Johnson’s repulsive repertoire of attention grabbing tactics, but it won’t do much to salvage his hilariously doomed career (if one can call it that).
Stay tuned for more updates on this – our resident Chuck C. Johnson bullshit expert Bob Cesca no doubt has more to add.
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