Hunter Biden has sued Rudy Giuliani over his infamous laptop scandal, claiming that the former New York City mayor “hacked” him — despite Hunter abandoning the computer at a repair shop.
The suit also names Robert Costello, a former federal prosecutor who defended Giuliani, as a defendant, CNBC reported.
“For the past many months and even years, Defendants have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy toward looking for, hacking into, tampering with, manipulating, copying, disseminating, and generally obsessing over data that they were given that was taken or stolen from Plaintiff’s devices or storage platforms, including what Defendants claim to have obtained from Plaintiff’s alleged ‘laptop’ computer,” the filing says.
Both Giuliani and Costello have publicly acknowledged accessing the hard drive of the device that Biden left at a Delaware repair shop in 2019, CBS noted.
They were given the files — which includes records of many of Hunter’s foreign business dealings in China and Ukraine — by the repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac.
The lawsuit, however, claims that Giuliani and Costello used Biden’s username to access the data, which they later “tampered with, [and] manipulated,” copied and provided to Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon and other associates.
The new lawsuit also cites comments Giuliani made on his podcast earlier this year, CBS said.
“This belongs to Hunter Biden,” the former New York City mayor boasted while holding up a laptop during a Feb. 2 installment of “America’s Mayor Live.”
“[Giuliani] proceeded to brag about having copied [Hunter Biden’s] data onto his own computer and about having accessed, analyzed and manipulated the transferred data,” the suit claims.
The lawsuit against Giuliani and Costello is the latest in Hunter Biden’s months-long effort to push back against the exposure of his influence peddling.