Ex-partner sues ‘erratic’ ‘reckless’ ‘paranoid’ Glenn Beck
They worked together for two decades and built Glenn Beck’s company.
The abrupt end of a beautiful friendship—nearly two decades of mutual admiration between struggling media entrepreneur Glenn Beck and his fired top executive, Christopher Balfe—has become a legal battle of ugly accusations that only promise to get uglier.
“Beck has driven [Mercury Radio Arts, Beck’s wholly owned private umbrella company] into the ground due to his own erratic behavior, excessive spending, and mismanagement,” Balfe alleges in a countersuit filed Monday afternoon in Dallas County, Texas, District Court—a response to Beck’s July 29 lawsuit accusing his former protégé of fraud, breach of contract, dereliction of duty and various other misdeeds…
The lawsuit describes Balfe, who dropped out of the University of Connecticut and worked as a consultant before joining Beck’s enterprise fulltime in 2001, as a “close friend” who spoke at Beck’s 1999 wedding to his second wife, Tania.
“Nevertheless,” Balfe’s complaint alleges, “when Mercury later struggled due to Beck’s own erratic and reckless behavior, Beck suddenly fired Balfe with an unceremonious email. As before, Beck promised that Balfe would be taken care of in terms of a severance package commensurate with his long service, and that Balfe did not need to worry about Beck keeping his word because the two were close friends. Unfortunately, these promises proved hollow.”