A federal judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by the NXIVM corporation that accused five people, including two journalists, of hacking into its computers to obtain confidential information, including clients lists and other non-public materials.
Michael Grygiel, an Albany attorney for Andrews, declined comment on Thursday. He previously said the allegations against his client were baseless and that the claims against Andrews "arise from her protected newsgathering activity and lack any merit whatsoever." Andrews wrote an investigative story on NXIVM's ties to the Seagram heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman — "The Heiresses and the Cult" — for Vanity Fair in November 2010.
"This lawsuit represents nothing more than an attempt to retaliate against Ms. Andrews for the exercise of her First Amendment rights as an investigative correspondent for Vanity Fair," Grygiel said.