Current TV Countersues Olbermann, Seeks Damages

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Current TV Countersues Olbermann, Seeks Damages


Byline: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Current TV offered its rebuttal to a scathing lawsuit filed by Keith Olbermann by filing a countersuit Friday detailing alleged bad behavior by its former talk show host and seeking a judge's ruling that he is not entitled to any more money from the network.

The network's filing accuses Olbermann of breaching his contract by disclosing terms of the lucrative deal, refusing to cooperate in promoting the show and taking days off without permission. The countersuit comes a day after Olbermann sued his former employer, claiming it violated his agreement, has shoddy production values and owes him more than $50 million.

"Current seeks a determination that it is no longer obligated to pay a dime to Mr. Olbermann who, having already been paid handsomely for showing up sporadically and utterly failing to keep his end of the bargain, now seeks to be paid tens of millions more for not working at all," the filing states.

The network and Olbermann have been at odds for months, and the dispute has escalated in the days since the former "Countdown" host was fired last week.

Olbermann's attorney Patricia Glaser said of Current's countersuit: "No merit. No defense. And in our view, no problem."

Current's suit claims Olbermann has damaged the network and will continue to do so. It seeks unspecified damages.

The networks' filing paints Olbermann as a petulant figure after he was hired to be Current's signature host, rejecting seven limousine companies, refusing to cooperate in promotional discussions and taking vacations with little notice. The complaint claims Olbermann wrote to Current co-founder Joel Hyatt to complain about a problem with a guest, "Give me a name so I know which of them to kill with my bare hands," and threw a glass mug on the set, which prompted a complaint from the set's landlord. …

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