Hunter Biden sued Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani’s former lawyer on Tuesday, alleging they hacked and falsified data on an external hard drive associated with his laptop.
Giuliani, a former mayor of New York and later a lawyer for Donald Trump, and lawyer Robert Costello have often acknowledged that they had access to the data on the US president’s son’s hard drive.
Giuliani attempted to portray Hunter Biden as a corrupt businessman who profited from his father’s political power. He and Costello said they were given the hard drive in 2020 by a computer repair shop owner in Delaware, who claims Hunter Biden left the laptop the year before and never returned to retrieve it. In May, Hunter Biden also sued the owner of the computer repair shop, John Paul McIsaac.
The lawsuit against Giuliani and Costello also alleges they used Hunter Biden’s username to access his data, make copies and distribute it to allies like Steve Bannon.
The data led to a “steady stream” of revelations about Hunter Biden’s often troubled personal life, as well as his professional life. Emails and images allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop data have fueled countless headlines in conservative media and Republican allegations of corruption.
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However, the lawsuit states that some of the data was “falsified, and “altered”.
Giuliani and Costello did not immediately respond to US media requests for comment.
Last Thursday, Hunter Biden was indicted on three counts related to filling out false information when applying to purchase a gun.