A tech CEO who lashed out at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new documentary on Twitter is being sued by a New York lawyer over claims he tweeted “false and defamatory” statements.
Christopher Bouzy, 47, appeared in the Netflix documentary Harry and Meghan after his company BotSentinel published a report saying the pair were on the receiving end of millions of trolls.
He claims his company viewed hundreds of thousands of tweets containing “hateful content” – and accused Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle of being behind at least 11 accounts.
But DailyMail.com can reveal that a former NYPD cop-turned-lawyer has filed a lawsuit against Bouzy himself for calling him the “son of two crackheads” among other “false” statements.
Christopher Bouzy (pictured) appeared in the Netflix documentary Harry and Meghan after his company BotSentinel issued a report saying they were on the receiving end of millions of trolls
Nate Broughty filed the lawsuit against Bouzy in New Jersey Superior Court in October after alleging that BotSentinel flagged his social media as spreading disinformation and harassment.
Bouzy also publicly identified Broughty by his real name, which the attorney tried to keep secret, the complaint alleges.
In several tweets, he claimed that Broughty is not a real lawyer or police officer, before later admitting that his claims were false.
Bouzy had also previously tweeted that he thought the Prince and Princess of Wales were aging in “banana years”.
Speaking to DailyMail.com, Broughty said: “I was surprised they included the report in the documentary after Twitter said it was b*****.
“I don’t know how this guy became an expert when he hasn’t had a job in 22 years and that was just fixing computers.
DailyMail.com is able to reveal that former NYPD cop Nate Broughty (pictured) has filed a lawsuit against Bouzy for calling him the “son of two crackheads” among other “false” statements
In the new episodes of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Bouzy claims his company examined 114,000 tweets, which he believes came from 82 accounts that had a reach of 17 million people
“Twitter is a dirty place, we’re always yelling at each other which is fine, but you can’t just start lying openly to hurt people’s reputations.
“That’s when I started getting revenge on Bouzy, and he started using the same tactics. When he said I wasn’t a lawyer, I laughed.
“But then when he said he knew I was really a lawyer and said it even though he knew the truth, that’s what caused it to be defamatory.
‘He says I committed crimes and lied. We issued a cease and desist, but he followed up.”
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Attorney Nate Broughty (left) filed a lawsuit against Bouzy in New Jersey Superior Court in October after alleging that BotSentinel flagged his social media as spreading disinformation and harassment
The lawsuit calls the company a “discontinued digital war dog” and claims Bouzy uses “techno-junk” to “enchant the untechnical and uncurious.”
He claims his company viewed hundreds of thousands of tweets containing “hateful content” – and accused Meghan’s half-sister Samantha Markle of being behind at least 11 accounts
According to the lawsuit, “While BotSentinel appears to be a rigorous, empirical analysis of social media phenomena, it is actually little more than a digital attack dog in disguise.”
It continues: “In other words, BotSentinel no longer relies on “machine learning” or other technologies than its creator, Christopher Bouzy, learned how to be a software engineer while repairing computers for the New York City Department of Education.
“Bouzy has learned how to use catchphrases, techno babble, sleight of hand, and a healthy dose of crowdfunding to cast a cyber smokescreen adorned with enough bells and whistles to charm the untechnical and uncurious.
‘That was and is BotSentinel.’
Broughty is seeking injunctive relief and damages for damages to his ability to practice law and be a trusted source of information.
His attorney, Ronald Coleman of Dhillon Law Group in Newark, NJ, said: “If I’m seeking both an injunction and damages, I don’t have to wait until my career is ruined to take action.
“If Chris Bouzy doesn’t like you, you’ll be labeled as a nuisance.”
In several tweets, he claimed that Broughty is not a real lawyer or police officer, before later admitting that his claims were false
Broughty says he filed the lawsuit after Bouzy admitted the allegations he had made against him were false – and said he wanted to “stand up” for others who suffered “the same tactics” at Bouzy’s hands
Bouzy claims his company examined 114,000 tweets, which he believed came from 82 accounts that had a reach of 17 million people.
Broughty added: “BotSentinel says anything against Harry and Meghan is problematic, but other more inflammatory accounts are fine there. Those who incite death threats against black people.
‘It seems there hasn’t been any fundamental research on this guy, and I don’t know how. If Twitter reviewed the report and said it wasn’t true, how did it end up in this documentary?
“He does it all the time, no one stands up to him or sues him — so I stood up to him to say you can’t lie.”
In a statement at the time, Twitter said: “Of the more than 50 accounts referenced in the report, our teams took action on four charges of violating our platform manipulation and spam police, meaning many of those accounts were actually owned by Unique are operated by individuals.
“Currently, there is no evidence of widespread coordination, use of multiple accounts by individuals, or other platform manipulation tactics.”
They also suggested that the term “bot” is often misused, including to refer to accounts that people disagree with.
Bouzy described the trolling against Meghan as “not commonplace” and said it came from a small number of large-scale accounts
Meghan Markle hinted that royals initially shyed away from her because she was different from them and then became jealous of her popularity
Harry and Meghan said the royals were upset they were doing the job “better” and accused the palace of briefing against them
Speaking of the documentary, Bouzy said: “It’s not your everyday trolling.
“They coordinated and discussed which images to distribute for that particular day or week.
“They were actively recruiting people. It’s insane. It was made by people who just weren’t your typical “trolls”.
“These are housewives, these are middle-aged Caucasian women who generate constant attacks from ‘go back to America’ to ‘why don’t you die’.
“Samantha Markle was part of the group that published a lot of disinformation and had her account banned.
“We actually sent a list to Twitter, she had 11 additional accounts and we were stunned – how can Meghan’s half-sister be part of a hate group?”
DailyMail.com reached out to Bouzy’s legal team for comment on the lawsuit, but did not immediately receive a response.