MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell revised his lawsuit against the Daily Mail Tuesday, adding a claim that churches are disassociating with him because of the British tabloid’s claims about an alleged romance with actress Jane Krakowski.
The Daily Mail published a report in late January 2021 claiming that the MyPillow founder had a “secret nine-month romance” with the “30 Rock” star. Both Lindell and Krakowski denied the report.
“Jane has never met Mr. Lindell. She is not and has never been in any relationship with him, romantic or otherwise,” a publicist for Krakowski said in a statement at the time. Lindell said he had “never even heard” of the actress before.
In the week after the report was published, Lindell filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail for defamation, claiming the article had caused him “tremendous harm to his personal and professional reputation and prospective economic opportunities, as well as causing him significant humiliation and emotional distress.”
The Daily Mail did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to court documents, Lindell specifically cites the report’s claim that he gifted alcohol to Krakowski during their alleged relationship.
“As a recovering addict and alcoholic who frequently writes and speaks publicly about his spiritual triumphs over substance abuse, Mr. Lindell is horrified by the Defendants’ fabricated and very public accusations,” the lawsuit read.
On Tuesday, Lindell revised the lawsuit against the British tabloid, adding an amendment about how the report impacted the associations with the Lindell Recovery Network, a “faith-based” nonprofit founded in 2019 that “provides services for various forms of addiction, mostly substance, and behavioral addiction, along with co-morbidities such as anxiety and addiction,” according to the lawsuit.
“Mr. Lindell’s name is attached to the network and his personal story as a Christian who came back from his addiction to become a success is emphasized,” the lawsuit read.
Lindell claimed that the organization has only been able to partner with “a handful of churches,” and the lawsuit said churches “may be pulling out because of Defendants’ allegations about Mr. Lindell.”
It was not immediately clear as to why the report may have impacted the LRN’s affiliations with Christian networks and churches, and Insider reached out to MyPillow and to Lindell for more information.