Blogger drops lawsuit against the city of Myrtle Beach

Blogger drops lawsuit against the city of Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A local blogger who sued the city of Myrtle Beach over allegations of defamation has dropped that suit.

According to court records filed Dec. 10, 2018, David Hucks voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit against the city, Mayor Brenda Bethune and others without prejudice.

No explanation was given in the court document as to why the suit was dropped.

Hucks, who operates the website and publishes articles that are often critical of the Myrtle Beach City Council, filed the lawsuit last August.

In it, Hucks alleged that Gordon Hirsch, who had been hired as a communications consultant for the city, began a "campaign of defamatory remarks" directed at him, including saying he only endorsed political candidates who paid to advertise on his website; sought hush money from his targets so he wouldn't write negative articles about them; and spread "fake news."

The lawsuit claimed Hirsch was acting at the direction of Bethune and the city when the statements were made.

Local restaurant owner Larry Bond was also named in the suit. Hucks accused him of publishing such statements as the plaintiff tried to extort money from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce through a proposed advertising contract of $1.5 million.

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