Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi — the two people The New York Post stupidly labeled “Bag Men” and wrongly suspected Boston Marathon bombing suspects — are suing the newspaper for libel. We figured it was only a matter of time, considering shortly after the incident, Barhoum’s father lawyered up.
According to The Boston Globe, the court filing against the tabloid explains, “The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” which then subjected Barhoum and Zaimi to “scorn, hatred, ridicule, or contempt in the minds of a considerable and respectable segment of the community.”
The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy.
Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.