NEW YORK — Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism, announced Tuesday that it had filed a defamation lawsuit against Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) and its President Greg Quinlan after he claimed on a television show that Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen tried to have him killed.
The lawsuit was filed in Virginia’s Northumberland County Circuit Court where PFOX is headquartered. Norfolk attorney Michael Hamar is representing TWO.
“We will not let PFOX’s outright lies and bizarre fabrications go unanswered,” said TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen.
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“Greg Quinlan’s false allegations were deviously designed to damage my reputation and that of Truth Wins Out. We look forward to vigorously challenging Quinlan’s delusional version of events and debunking them in a court of law.”
The lawsuit stems from an Oct. 7 interview by Quinlan, a lobbyist for the New Jersey Family Policy Council, with Mark Segraves on WDCW-TV in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the show, “Quinlan distorts reality and flat out dissembles on several subjects, and fabricated an alleged hit on his life,” said Truth Wins Out, in a statement back on Nov. 23, after first becoming aware of the broadcast.
“Truth Wins Out if you look further, including Wayne Besen. He’s asked for people, you know, somebody needs to run Greg over. He needs to be hit with a bus. Somebody should inject him with AIDS. Those are the things that Wayne Besen and Truth Wins Out says about me. That’s pretty hateful rhetoric.”
In his response, Quinlan has said that Besen “blatantly mischaracterized” what was actually said on the program.