Published On: Thu, Nov 26th, 2015

Billionaire Jeff Greene Continuing libel suit against the Times and Miami Herald

The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy”

Billionaire Jeff Greene with yacht

 

Billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald newspapers is still on after a court-ordered mediation in the case didn’t result in a settlement.

Times attorney Alison Steele, a partner in the St. Petersburg law firm of Rahdert, Steele, Reynolds & Driscoll, told FloridaPolitics.com on Tuesday that Steele also has filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit.

The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy, ” she said in an email. A call to L. Lin Wood, Greene’s Atlanta-based lawyer, was not returned.

Greene, a 60-year-old real estate developer from Palm Beach, ran as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in 2010. The seat eventually was won by current Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, now a presidential candidate.

Greene has claimed that the newspapers derailed his Senate campaign their reporting alleged fraudulent real estate deals and wild parties on his 145-foot yacht. Democrat Kendrick Meek, a former state senator, went on to win the Democratic primary.

According to a New York Times account, one story insinuated that former boxer Mike Tyson, best man at Greene’s wedding, had used drugs on the yacht. The Times later ran a rare front-page clarification, with Tyson saying he did not use drugs on Greene’s yacht.

Read the full story at Florida Politics.com, by Jim Rosica

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