Drag queen sues N. Idaho woman for defamation

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A local drag queen is suing a Coeur d’Alene woman for defamation, saying she posted a doctored video in which she falsely claimed he exposed his genitals to the public.

Eric Posey performed at Pride in the Park in June. His lawsuit says Summer Bushnell knew he did not expose himself during the performance, but “lied anyway to gain popularity on social media.”

Bushnell owns and operates her own media company that provides digital marketing and strategy services. Posey’s lawsuit states that she regularly publishes blog posts under the moniker “The Bushnell Report” to increase her popularity.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department launched an investigation after the video was shared across social media. The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office determined unedited video recordings of the performance did not depict any genital exposure and therefore declined to prosecute the case.

Posey’s lawsuit says Bushnell decided to post the doctored video because of the national attention on the Pride in the Park event. On that day in June, Coeur d’Alene Police arrested 31 white nationalists just outside of the event.

Posey says his reputation has been tarnished because of Bushnell’s false statements. His lawsuit says he has not only suffered extreme emotional distress from constant public harassment and the police investigation but has also suffered consequences with his permanent employer and lost other professional opportunities.

Posey is now seeking compensatory damages, coverage of attorney fees and is demanding a jury trial.

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