(New York Post)
A pair of bag-carrying spectators at the Boston Marathon who were identified on the cover of the New York Post as possible suspects in the wake of the bombings have filed a defamation lawsuit against the paper, the Boston Globe reports.
A surveillance photo of Salaheddin Barhoum, a teenage student at Revere High School, and Yassine Zaimi, 24, appeared on the Post's front page on April 18 under the headline "Bag Men," hours before the FBI released photographs of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers suspected of carrying out the April 15 terror attack.
The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, accuses the News Corp.-owned tabloid of "libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy," reports the Globe. The pair are seeking unspecified damages.
“The front page would lead a reasonable reader to believe that plaintiffs had bombs in their bags, that they were involved in causing the Boston Marathon bombing,” the complaint reads.
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