Gay radio host Seth Dunlap, who is accused of tweeting “You’re a f*g” at himself from his former radio station’s official Twitter account and then demanding $1.8 million from the station, is under new legal representation.
Dunlap was being represented by civil attorney Megan Kiefer. But he has since hired a new criminal lawyer, former federal prosecutor Billy Gibbens, who specializes in white color crimes.
Dunlap’s troubles began back in September when he was called the homophobic slur by the station’s official Twitter page after he published an open letter to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about his partnership with the antigay hate group Focus on the Family.
The station conducted a forensic investigation into the tweet and found it had been sent from an IP address connected to the 35-year-old’s own phone. Police also launched an investigation and drew a similar conclusion.
According to [police] documents, the tweet was sent from a T-Mobile IP address, a unique number identifying a device’s connection to the internet, that was associated with previous times when Dunlap’s phone was used to access WWL’s Twitter account.
The firm also found evidence that one iPhone in particular, identified by a unique number assigned to the device by Apple during the manufacturing process, was associated with Dunlap’s account on the company’s email server. That account was accessed from a single device having the same IP address as the one used to send the derogatory tweet.
Adding yet another layer of suspicion to the story, shortly after the tweet was sent, Dunlap got rid of the device in question (he claimed it had a cracked screen) and purchased a new one.
That’s when investigators looked at his work-issued laptop, where they discovered he had downloaded his own Twitter account’s logs onto the computer.
When examining those logs, the firm found more evidence to suggest Dunlap had sent the tweet. The logs showed Dunlap had accessed his own Twitter account from the same IP address that was used to send the insulting tweet from the station’s account at about the same time, according to the new documents.
… Between Sept. 12 and Sept. 17, Dunlap conducted internet searches that appeared to be geared toward finding out more about what information Twitter stores on IP addresses. One search that did not explicitly involve that topic but caught the detective’s eye was: “finding out who hacked your Twitter.”
Dunlap has maintained his innocence throughout this whole fiasco, telling reporters, “This really hurts me to my core,” and adding that “my name and my reputation are being tarnished, and it’s devastating.”