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Sobchak wants to sue German media for libel

Russian TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak is going to sue for defamation in the German edition of Business Insider, who accused her of racism, against the decision of Audi to break from her promotional contract because of her social media posts about the protests in the United States.

"I sue Business Insider over libel. The German edition was published with the title "Ksenia Sobchak called black people stupid and lazy" and accused me of racism. It is an outright lie. Such words I never said. And I will demand an apology. People are not divided into whites and blacks, Caucasians and Asians. But people are divided into smart and stupid. For those who have an opinion, and those who follow the crowd," wrote Sobchak in his Telegram channel, adding that it did not support any protest in any country, when it is associated with violence.

Earlier, the German carmaker Audi AG announced the termination of the advertising contract with Sobchak. The reason for this, according to the representative of the company Werner Neuhold, was the revision of the program advertising cooperation, including its contradictory posts about the protests in the United States. However, Neuhold added that the decision to cease cooperation with Sobchak was taken to her controversial posts, and verbally it was informed about this decision on June 16, writing - 24 June. The Business Insider article, which mentions Sobchak, also published on June 24.

Sobchak amid protests in the U.S. and other countries against racism and discrimination that erupted after the death in detention by police of an African-American George Floyd have commented extensively on this topic in Instagram. Thus, on 2 June, she, confessing that racism and police brutality, criticized the pogroms boutiques and "destruction of private property," which accompanied the protests.

Then on 6 June, when social media users around the world have been posting images of black squares in solidarity with the protesters, Sobchak made a similar post, but instead of pictures it contains video: on a black background played the song "Kill the nigger" group "Forbidden drummers". Post Sobchak was accompanied by the caption "Minneapolis, I am with you." The publication was removed on the same day. Late comedian and blogger Alexander Gudkov said that Sobchak made this post to show the Comment Out.