Hunter Biden Drops Laptop Lawsuit Against Rudy Giuliani, Robert Costello

The parties agreed that the lawsuit would be voluntarily dismissed without prejudice.
Hunter Biden Drops Laptop Lawsuit Against Rudy Giuliani, Robert Costello
Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, arrives at the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in Wilmington, Del., on June 4, 2024. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Katabella Roberts

President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has agreed to drop a lawsuit against former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and his ex-lawyer Robert Costello. The lawsuit accused them of “total annihilation” of his digital privacy and claimed they manipulated data allegedly taken from his laptop, court records show.

A stipulation of voluntary dismissal was filed on June 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The dismissal states that it has been agreed by and between all three parties and their respective legal teams that the lawsuit against Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Costello will be voluntarily dismissed without prejudice.

However, the dismissal must still be reviewed by U.S. District Judge Jessica Clarke, according to court records.

Lawyers for the younger Biden filed a lawsuit in September of last year, claiming that Mr. Giuliani—who served as President Donald Trump’s legal adviser in 2020—and Mr. Costello violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by allegedly obtaining data from his laptop, which was dropped off at a Delaware computer repair shop in 2019.

In court papers, Mr. Biden’s legal team accused the two men of allegedly “hacking into, tampering with, manipulating, copying, disseminating, and generally obsessing over data that they were given that was taken or stolen from Plaintiff’s devices or storage platforms, including what Defendants claim to have obtained from Plaintiff’s alleged ‘laptop’ computer.”

Hunter Biden’s lawyers further alleged that his digital data was “manipulated, altered, and damaged” before it was sent to Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Costello.

The lawsuit initially sought more than $75,000 in damages, as well as attorneys’ fees and other penalties.

Both Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Costello denied any wrongdoing.

The Epoch Times contacted a lawyer for Hunter Biden, and representatives for Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Costello for comment but did not receive a response by publication time.