Richard Jefferson, a former CBS News producer brutally attacked while vacationing in St. Martin last year, is set to file a $50 million sexual-orientation discrimination lawsuit against CBS News, FishbowlNY has learned.

Jefferson alleges that senior vice president Linda Mason tried to control his public comments in the wake of the attack, and wound up terminating him.

CBS plans to “vigorously and aggressively” defend itself saying Jefferson’s suit “reveals a stunningly selective recall of the ‘facts.’

The suit also names Patricia Shevlin, executive producer of CBS News Weekend. Jefferson alleges that CBS required him to ask for permission to testify in open court against his attackers.

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