A former heavy-metal rocker who is now a conservative radio host and a preacher has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The suit by Bradlee Dean, who leads a Minnesota-based Christian ministry and is described as an anti-gay activist, accuses the talk host of twisting Deans comments on the execution of homosexuals in an attempt to hurt Michele Bachman’s presidential bid.
The story reports: “Last year, Dean went on radio and talked about Muslim Sharia law and his view that it called for the execution of homosexuals — evidence, as he saw it, that Muslims were upholding biblical laws. ‘They seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do,’ he said.
“For a segment devoted to Minnesota politics and a boycott of Target Brands Inc. for its political donations, Maddow took what Dean had to say and used it to paint him as anti-gay with the implication he advocated their execution, according to the suit.”
The story adds: “It’s also been reported that Bachmann has long been supportive of Dean, saying flattering things about his work as leader of the You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International youth ministry and praying there. According to reports of the lawsuit, Dean believes that efforts to undermine him were made in an overall campaign against Bachmann.”