Michael Rapaport has called Barstool Sports, where he used to host a podcast, to claim that he had herpes.
Actor Michael Rapaport is suing media outlet Barstool Sports, where he once hosted a podcast, for firing him — and then claim that he had herpes.
When Rapaport, 48, was canned in February, bar Stool, president David Portnoy said that it was due to the comedian’s tweet calling listeners “losers in life,” TMZ reported.
But Rapaport’s Manhattan federal court lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims Barstool began with him good for.
As far back as November 2017, a Salon-de-bloggers wrote a post with the title, “Michael Rapaport is a Fraudulent Bag of S—-,” the lawsuit said. Then, a few days before his incineration or other Barstool writer tweeted that Rapaport was “a creepy herpes ridden failure,” the lawsuit said.
Rapaport also complains that the company has begun the sale of T-shirts of him in a clown nose with a sore under his mouth, after he was fired.
His lawsuit says bar Stool is Portnoy announced the sale of the T-shirts with a tweet, which said: “Finally, a Rapaport gear people will buy.”
The tweet “was done with the actual evil in an attempt to show that Mr. Rapaport suffer from herpes and to the damage of Mr. Rapaport’s reputation,” the suit claims.
Rapaport, whose TV appearances include “Boston”, “Friends” and “Prison Break”, says Barstool employees went behind him, “not only to the injury of Mr. Rapaport, but also to generate ‘traffic’ and publicity” for their website.
He also claims the company stiffed him $375,000.
He is suing for breach of contract and defamation and seeking damages in an amount to be determined by a jury at trial.
Portnoy did not immediately return a request for comment.
This story was previously published in the New York Post.