Disgraced South Carolina authorized scion Alex Murdaugh was hit with yet one more lawsuit this week — accused of “orchestrating a campaign” to blame an harmless teen for his drunken son’s deadly 2019 boat crash.
The drug-addicted lawyer’s son Paul had been set to face trial for the crash when he was found shot dead alongside mother Maggie Murdaugh, 52, in June of this 12 months.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, Connor Cook, one of the people on the boat on the time of the crash, claimed Murdaugh tricked him to defend his son — although he knew he’d been “drunk and traveling at excessive speeds” when the crash killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Murdaugh — presently in rehab while on bail for orchestrating his personal taking pictures in a doomed life-insurance scam — instantly “sought out all or most of the boat passengers in an attempt to control the narrative of what occurred,” Cook’s lawsuit insisted.
As Cook, 19, was being taken to be X-rayed for a fractured jaw, Murdaugh cornered him and instructed him to “keep his mouth shut” when requested who was driving the boat, the lawsuit claimed.
Murdaugh then “encouraged and instructed” Cook to retain lawyer Cory Fleming, who additionally ordered him “to decline to be interviewed by law enforcement,” the lawsuit mentioned.
But Murdaugh made no point out of how Fleming was his school roommate, greatest pal and drunken son’s godfather, the lawsuit mentioned.
Without mentioning the “conflict of interest,” all the recommendation given “was to the advantage of Paul and [Alex] Murdaugh and against the interests of Fleming’s new client,” Cook, the lawsuit alleged.
It made him an “unwitting … agent of protection for Paul Murdaugh” — as an alternative exposing Cook to “the potential of being charged” and held accountable for the crash, the lawsuit mentioned.
“Murdaugh and others were orchestrating a campaign to have Connor Cook held criminally and civilly responsible for the boat accident,” the court docket papers alleged.
It included “a ‘whisper campaign” towards him — in addition to “law enforcement misdirection and possible obstruction of the investigation.”
The lawsuit famous that Murdaugh’s son was not examined for his blood-alcohol ranges regardless of “his obvious state of intoxication” and “the loud and angry statements by at least one of the passengers that Paul Murdaugh was driving the boat” that belonged to his dad.
The lawsuit claimed Paul had the “express permission” of his father to drive his boat regardless of him figuring out that he “would often drink to the point of intoxication” even whereas driving “family vehicles, including boats.”
The lawsuit additionally names Buster Murdaugh — the lawyer’s surviving son, for whom he allegedly tried to get $10 million in his assisted suicide plot — for permitting his brother to use his ID to purchase the booze. The retailer and the staffer who bought it to him are additionally named.
Together, they’re “liable for all damages” as a result of of “their negligent, careless, grossly negligent and reckless acts and omissions,” the lawsuit claimed.
A spokeswoman for Alex Murdaugh told the Post and Courier that his legal professionals wouldn’t give you the chance to remark till they might assessment the lawsuit with their shopper, who’s in rehab for a reported opioid habit.
“Right now, they are focused on supporting Alex’s recovery,” spokeswoman Amanda Loveday mentioned.
Fleming couldn’t instantly be reached for remark, the outlet mentioned.
The double slaying of Paul Murdaugh and his mother — whose our bodies had been discovered by Alex — have but to be solved. No suspects have been named.
The identical power final week additionally introduced that it was now investigating the suspicious demise of Murdaugh’s longtime housekeeper at his house, in addition to up to $4 million in insurance coverage cash that was collected however by no means forwarded to her household.
Murdaugh can also be the topic of a state investigation into allegations he stole cash from his household regulation agency, which booted him and led to him being suspended from training regulation within the state.