Two Democratic Party donors and a former Democratic National Committee staff member have filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the Trump campaign, accusing them of conspiring with the Russian government in the release of hacked Democratic emails and files that exposed their personal information to the public, reports The New York Times.
Project Democracy, a nonprofit watchdog, has filed the suit on behalf of outed staffer Scott Comer who says he was outed to his family and was caused irreparable harm thanks to the hacked emails.
Over 3,000 of Comer’s emails were made public. These include emails that revealed his sexuality to his grandparents and “strained family relations.”
The leaked emails outed Mr. Comer as gay and “revealed his sexuality to family members with whom he had decided not to share this facet of his life and in a manner he never would have chosen,” the attorneys wrote.
Comer claims he also received threatening phone calls and was ostracized at work because of comments he had made about co-workers that became public. He says this is ultimately why he left his job with the DNC.
The watchdog claims the 2016 Trump campaign and its former chairman, Roger Stone, colluded with the DNC hackers prior the release last July of the plaintiffs’ personal information by WikiLeaks.
“Among the materials obtained by the hackers were Mr. Comer’s emails; Mr. Schoenberg’s and his wife’s social security numbers, dates of birth, home address, phone number and banking relationships; and Mr. Cockrum’s social security number, date of birth, address and phone number,” according to the lawsuit.