Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Delaware computer repair shop for invasion of privacy. The suit comes after the owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, claimed he had possession of a laptop that belonged to Hunter and contained potentially damaging information.
The lawsuit alleges that Mac Isaac wrongfully obtained private information from the laptop and attempted to use it to gain notoriety and financial gain. It also claims that Mac Isaac violated Hunter's legal rights by attempting to publish private information without his permission.
In response to the lawsuit, Mac Isaac has filed a defamation suit against POLITICO, CNN, Hunter Biden, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and others who have commented on the matter. In addition, he has stated that he was never in possession of any confidential or sensitive material from the laptop.
The case is likely to be closely watched as it could have implications for both sides in the ongoing political battle between Republicans and Democrats leading up to the 2024 presidential election.
For his part, Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing and insists that he did not abandon or leave behind any laptop containing sensitive information at Mac Isaac's shop. He maintains that he was unaware that any confidential data was ever taken from his device and believes his privacy was invaded by Mac Isaac's actions.
“As a result of Mac Isaac’s unlawful agreement and his conspiracy with others, Mr. Biden’s personal data was made available to third parties and then ultimately to the public at large, which is highly offensive, causing harm to Mr. Biden and his reputation,” the suit states. “The object of invading Mr. Biden’s privacy and disseminating his data was not for any legitimate purpose but to cause harm and embarrassment to Mr. Biden.”