Embattled first son Hunter Biden sued former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in federal court in California on Tuesday, alleging a violation of computer privacy laws.
The lawsuit also names Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, as a codefendant.
The younger Biden’s lawsuit comes two weeks after he was indicted on drug-related gun charges and just two days before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee is set to hold its first hearing in an impeachment inquiry targeting President Joe Biden.
The lawsuit accuses Giuliani and Costello of “hacking into, tampering with, manipulating, copying, disseminating, and generally obsessing over data that they were given that was taken or stolen from” his devices, CNN reported. The complaint claims the defendants are to blame for a “total annihilation” of the younger Biden’s digital privacy.
“Plaintiff has demanded defendants Giuliani and Costello cease their unlawful activities with respect to plaintiff’s data and return any data in their possession belonging to plaintiff, but they have refused to do so,” the complaint reads. “Defendants’ statements suggest that their unlawful hacking activities are ongoing today and that, unless stopped, will continue into the future, thereby necessitating this action.”
An adviser to Giuliani, who worked in recent years as a lawyer and campaign surrogate for former President Donald Trump, was dismissive of Biden’s legal allegation.
“Hunter Biden has previously refused to admit ownership of the laptop,” Ted Goodman, the Giuliani adviser, told CNN. “I’m not surprised he’s now falsely claiming his laptop hard drive was manipulated by Mayor Giuliani, considering the sordid material and potential evidence of crimes on that thing.”
The younger Biden apparently abandoned the laptop in 2019 at a repair shop in Delaware, whose owner eventually put its drive in the hands of Guiliani, who in turn provided a copy to the New York Post.
The newspaper’s initial reporting on Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings, his use of drugs and prostitutes, and other explosive contents of the laptop was stifled by Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election. This prompted critics to accuse Big Tech of giving the older Biden an unfair advantage over Trump because voters didn’t know all the facts.
Ken McIntyre contributed to this report.
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