Barstool boss Dave Portnoy may have an insider mole

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Barstool Sports general manager Dave Portnoy may have a mole inside Insider, employees at the Axel Springer-owned news outlet fear.

Portnoy famously launched a relentless legal crusade against Insider over two articles detailing claims that he brutally assaulted women while having sex with them — and it looks like he might have had some early support in combating the stories.

In early February, Portnoy boasted that he had seen journalist Julia Black’s latest Insider story before it was published, and had even published passages of text that never appeared in the article online. final report, raising concerns among Insiders that a mole inside the store had gone through an early manuscript for Portnoy, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

There has even been an internal investigation, insiders said, but it’s unclear what Insider management has revealed about a potential mole. “We do not comment on matters related to pending litigation,” Insider said in a statement to Source Material.

A review by Source Material revealed that Portnoy did indeed publish to the Barstool Sports website a series of excerpts from Insider’s draft report but did not produce the final copy, including a statement by one woman that he He pinned her down and put his hand over her mouth. during sex – resulting in her struggling to get out and feeling as though she’s “stuck”.

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What makes the case even weirder: Portnoy’s lawsuit is for defamation and invasion of privacy, but he’s personally published some of the more absurd claims about his sex life that Insider actually dismisses editorial caution.

“I remember I tried to speak up and say things and my face really wrinkled,” the woman is quoted as saying in several unused Insider documents that Portnoy chose to publish on the site. its own web. “I can’t even talk. I could barely breathe.” The woman, who was 18 at the time of the incident, told Insider that she felt scared for her physical safety, being beaten and opposed at the time. “I want to get out. I wanted to get out of this situation,” she added.

Portnoy is being represented by Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer PC, best known for his threatening letters to media organizations on behalf of alleged sexual abuse clients including Armie Hammer, Chris Noth and Prince Andrew.

Meanwhile, in an astonishing feat of reputation cleaning, Axios last week wrote enthusiastically about Barstool Difference, the new philanthropic venture from Portnoy’s store aimed in part at supporting dependent businesses. female executive.

Portnoy and a Barstool representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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