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Olympia/AMI Files Their Own Lawsuit Against Thompson/NSL
- Updated: May 19, 2016
Sandow has thrown a counter punch with the news of a lawsuit filed today in New York by Mr. Olympia, LLC/AMI against Lee Thompson/NSL. MuscleSport Magazine obtained copies of the 11-page document and it is in direct relation to Thompson’s recent statements alleging that the Olympia contest was “fixed” on more than one occasion.
The suit states that the defendants’ (Thompson/NSL) “malicious publication of false and defamatory statements – on their own social media sites and to third-party news outlets – that is nothing less than a calculated assault on Plaintiffs’ professional reputations, goodwill and business relationships. In short, through blatant libel and slander, Defendants seek to topple the vaunted Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition for their own financial gain.”
The MuscleSport Magazine exclusive entitled, “Lee Thompson: Mr. Olympia Contests Fixed” is sited as an example by Olympia/AMI, as are NSL’s YouTube videos and social media posts.
These allegations are vehemently denied in the suit and the plaintiffs further described that “these claims constitute false representations likely to mislead, deceive and potentially injure consumers as well as sponsors, advertisers and other industry insiders” and that the defendants have done so because “they expect their slanderous remarks and unlawful conduct will cause those sponsors and advertisers to team with the NSL. Thus, the Defendants’ actions have no proper purpose other than to maliciously injure Plaintiffs.”
AMI has also demanded a jury trial in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, where this suit was filed.
The outcome of this (as well as the other lawsuits filed by Thompson/NSL against the NPC/IFBB) remains to be seen, but we know one thing after this latest development. The old guard is not going to take this lying down.