Tinder co-founder Sean Rad and the corporate’s former VP of communications Rosette Pambakian need the defamation go well with filed in opposition to them final week to be dismissed. In a movement filed final night time, Rad and Pambakian name former Tinder CEO Greg Blatt’s defamation go well with “abusive” and a “public smear campaign against a sexual assault accuser under cover of a court proceeding.” Their authorized staff is looking for the case be dismissed below California’s anti-SLAPP statute, which protects free speech in reference to a public subject.
Blatt sued Pambakian and Rad for defamation after they went public with claims that Blatt sexually harassed Pambakian after a 2016 Tinder vacation social gathering. Pambakian says Blatt groped her breasts and higher thighs and kissed her shoulders, neck, and chest, however Blatt maintains that the interplay was consensual and that their “fully-clothed bodies were in contact” once they allegedly kissed. The sexual assault allegations first surfaced in a separate valuation lawsuit wherein Rad and others are looking for $1 billion over claims that dad or mum firms Match Group and IAC purposely undervalued Tinder in an effort to keep away from paying thousands and thousands in inventory choices.
Pambakian was initially a part of that lawsuit, however she needed to drop out as a result of she signed an arbitration settlement that was included in her employment contract. She later filed a lawsuit in opposition to Match Group over sexual assault and wrongful termination as a result of the corporate ended her employment at Tinder in December 2018.
Pambakian and Rad’s authorized staff is now arguing that Blatt’s cited defamation examples, together with a chunk on The Verge and on CNN, are protected speech and related to the valuation lawsuit.
Separately, Blatt can also be asking the courtroom to deal with his claims in opposition to Pambakian in arbitration due to an employment contract she signed with Match Group. In their anti-SLAPP movement, the defendants level out that Blatt filed this lawsuit in courtroom, despite the fact that he’s now requesting or not it’s made personal. The movement says his defamation go well with “served his media objectives” and means that’s why Blatt is now asking it to be taken out of public proceedings. In addition to having the lawsuit dismissed, Pambakian and Rad additionally need their legal professional charges lined.