- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christopher Balfe, the former CEO of Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze news network, had some choice words for Mr. Beck Monday night after being sued for breach of contract and fraud.

Mr. Beck filed the 16-page lawsuit against Mr. Balfe on Friday in Dallas County, Texas, on behalf of his privately held company, Mercury Radio Arts, LawNewz.com reported. The suit alleges that between 2009 and 2014, Mr. Balfe’s compensation totaled in excess of $13 million.

“This is a shockingly excessive amount that far exceeds appropriate compensation for companies of Mercury and TheBlaze’s size and financial performance,” the lawsuit states.

Mr. Balfe, who worked with Mr. Beck for more than a decade, responded to the lawsuit in a brief statement to The Daily Beast.

“I feel terrible for Glenn and I hope he finds the help that he needs,” he said.

Mr. Balfe served as the COO of Mercury Radio Arts and was CEO of TheBlaze until he left in December 2014 to start his own digital media company, Red Seat Ventures, taking several top Beck executives with him, The Daily Beast reported.

The lawsuit accuses Mr. Balfe of breaching an agreement that prohibits him from competing with or hiring employees of TheBlaze for three years, LawNews.com reported.

The complaint also accuses Mr. Balfe of “fraudulently causing Mercury to sign an unnecessary lease thereby taking on a $20 million liability.”

“The lawsuit speaks for itself,” a Beck spokesman told The Daily Beast.

In a blog post Monday, Mr. Beck linked to LawNews.com’s report on the lawsuit.

“You have all heard me over the last couple of years describing how hard a time it has been,” Mr. Beck wrote. “Between being sick, turning over my company, etc… It culminates in a lawsuit that we filed Friday in Dallas between MRA and the former President. I am embarrassed and saddened it has come to this. It is an ongoing legal matter so you will not hear me speak of this often but as always, I want you to hear it from me.”

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