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Hunter Biden Laptop Repairman’s Lawsuit Against Twitter Dismissed

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The owner of a computer repair store filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the platform defamed him when it censored the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden.

The lawsuit was dismissed Monday, the same day it was filed.

The case was dismissed without prejudice. It could be filed again if Isaac was able to establish that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

“The Court cannot conclude that Defendant [Twitter] is a Florida citizen. The Complaint merely alleges that Defendant maintains an office in Florida, but it does not allege where the ‘principal place of business’ is located,” the judge said in a statement, according to lawandcrime.com.

John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the repair store, filed a $500 million libel lawsuit Monday, saying he was labeled a “hacker” causing him to lose business.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, explained that Isaac was hired to repair Hunter Biden’s laptop in April 2019, but Biden never came to pick up his laptop, despite Isaac reaching out to him at least twice.

In a YouTube video uploaded by Isaac, he states he is not a hacker and was hired to perform a data transfer from a MacBook Pro to an external hard drive.

Before turning over the laptop to the FBI, Isaac made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello. Giuliani provided the information to the Post concerning Biden and his business dealings with Ukraine.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Twitter suspended the newspaper’s Twitter account and prevented users from sharing links to the story, citing a policy against “distribution of hacked material” and labeling the story as potentially coming from hacked material.

According to The Verge, Isaac claims Twitter made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.”

He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s censorship decision and that he is “now widely considered a hacker” because of Twitter.

He also said he had to close his business “as a direct result” of Twitter’s “false statements.”

“To imply that I’m a hacker or that the information was hacked has had a irreversible impact on my business and my character,” Isaac said in his YouTube video.

According to the lawsuit, Isaac had no knowledge that The Post was going to publish the contents of the laptop.

“Plaintiff was unaware that the NY POST had information from the hard drive or that a story was going to be published,” the lawsuit wrote.

“Plaintiff did not want his name released to the public nor did he give authorization to Giuliani, [Giuliani’s attorney] Costello, or the NY POST to release his name.”

Isaac demanded $500 million in damages and a public retraction from Twitter.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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