In other news: Judge rejects fraud lawsuit against ‘Three Cups of Tea’ author Greg Mortenson


Greg Mortenson and his family with students at Gultori War refugee school in the Karakoram mountains, 2008. (Deirdre Eitel/PR Newswire)

A rare bit of good news for author Greg Mortenson: A federal judge on Monday rejected a fraud lawsuit from readers who claimed “Three Cups of Tea” was a $15 ripoff, since his tale of travels through Pakistan was filled with alleged fabrications. The judge called the claim “flimsy and speculative,” reports AP. Mortenson has bigger problems anyway: Last month, he agreed to repay his Central Asia Institute charity $1 million after mismanaging funds raised to build schools overseas. In his first public statement in a year, Mortenson, who recently had heart surgery, thanked his attorneys for helping him “keep the high ground, even when subjected to false allegations, vicious name-calling and slander.”

Read more: AP: Montana judge dismisses Mortenson suit

Read earlier: Author Greg Mortenson under fire after critical “60 Minutes” report; defends himself to VIP supporters, 4/18/11

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