Former senator sues tabs for $209 million

Dec. 20, 2003 at 6:03 PM
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PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Former Congressman Gary Condit is suing three tabloids for $209 million, saying they implicated him in the death of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Court TV reported Saturday that the lawsuit charges articles in The National Enquirer, The Globe and The Star portrayed Condit as a "murderer" and "sexual deviant" and "caused him to be exposed to public hatred, contempt and ridicule ... for things that never happened."

Twenty-four-year-old Levy disappeared from her apartment in May 2001. Her remains were found in a park one year later. No one has been charged.

The news media honed in on the California Democrat after Levy's aunt disclosed the two were having an affair. Condit was subsequently voted from office.

Articles in American Media Inc. papers included headlines like "Condit's goons killed pregnant Chandra" and "Congressman & The Intern: Chandra killed in kinky sex game!"

American Media said it would "vigorously defend against any suit filed by Mr. Condit."

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