After three years since the infamous Sony hack, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and its previous owners, Prometheus Global Media has been sued in a defamation lawsuit for USD 5 million for their coverage of the attack.
According to Deadline, the lawsuit is from Ms. Nicole Basil, a freelance accountant.
THR, on an article published on December 2014 had falsely accused Basile as one of the hackers, alleges the suit.
Basile claims in the new action that the publication has “intentionally lied to readers and threw Ms. Basil under the bus, singling out only Ms. Basile as the insider hacker responsible for the Sony attack.”
The FBI later confirmed that the hack were retaliation by North Korean hackers over the fictional assassination of Kim Jong Un in the film 'The Interview', starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Sony Pictures Hack: On November 24, 2014, 'Guardians of Peace', a hacker group released confidential information from Sony Pictures.
The leaked information included multiple details of behind-the-scenes politics on Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man film series, e-mails between Pascal and others to various heads of Marvel Studios, a copy of the script for the James Bond film Spectre, was obtained.
The hackers had demanded Sony to pull its 'The Interview' from theatres, otherwise, they would leak more confidential information. Sony subsequently opted to cancel the movie's formal premiere and decided to directly release it digitally and a limited theatrical release.