Welp, the saga of the Gawker story that outed poor Condé Nast exec David Geithner and led to a huge ethical come-to-Jesus moment for Gawker back in July continues as porn star turned alleged extortionist Brodie Sinclair is now filing a defamation lawsuit… against Geithner.
As the NY Daily News and Str8UpGayPorn are reporting, Sinclair, whose real name is Leif Derek Truitt, somehow wants to blame Geithner for a story that is actually all his fault, and despite the fact that Geithner never even identified him by name.
When obviously troubled gay-for-pay escort and porn model Brodie Sinclair decided to try to shake down Geithner, a closeted married guy he’d only been chatting with online, a guy who actually failed to ever go through with a date with him likely because Sinclair/Truitt freaked him out he went the route of Jarec Wentworth, except in his case he was using shame around a gay sex act by a closeted man, rather than shame around hiring prostitutes, to try to intimidate him. Truitt says there was no extortion involved, though.
Truitt claims he needed Geithner’s help, because of Geithner’s brother, Tim Geithner’s connections to the White House (he was formerly Treasury Secretary under Obama), with a discrimination lawsuit, and the new legal complaint says it was “Geithner’s uncaring and hypocritical attitude toward gay rights” that upset Truitt and caused him to go to Gawker with the sordid story.
He’s now suing for $5 million in damages because, hilariously, he says the subsequent headlines about extortion tarnished his good name. This despite the fact that it was actually a Str8UpGayPorn commenter who first identified Truitt/Sinclair from a cutoff photo that originally showed up on Gawker.
Anyway, this is stupid, and not going anywhere, and it’s especially insane that Truitt/Sinclair, who’s been known for homophobic remarks and was known to scene partners as straight — and needing to watch straight porn in order to get hard — would play the gay card anyway. But maybe someone is going to end up paying him off anyway.