• Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar is suing a GOP political opposition research group that he alleges was conducting a smear campaign against him.
  • The suit claims that the company, Definers Public Affairs, has been calling up reporters and spreading lies about him such as that he’s a Russian agent or that he’s made a payoff to settle a sexual assault claim.
  • Pishevar, an outspoken supporter of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has recently threatened to file a lawsuit over some of Uber’s decisions since Kalanick left, but this lawsuit is a different beast altogether.

Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, best known for backing Uber and his role as executive chairman of Hyperloop One, filed a lawsuit late Monday night in which he claims a company known for doing GOP political opposition research was conducting a “smear campaign” against him.

The company is called Definers Public Affairs. It was founded in 2015 by two men who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign together, Matt Rhoades and Joe Pounder, both of whom Pishevar has named in the suit as individuals as well. The company recently opened a Silicon Valley office with the focus of helping Valley companies deal with things in the political world, regulatory issues, investigations into Russia ads, that sort of thing.

Pishevar alleges in his suit that Definers, and Rhoades in particular, has been calling up reporters and spreading damaging stories about him in order to tempt reporters into researching those tips and spreading these stories.

He says that word of some of the stories has gotten back to him. Among the stories Pishevar says are being spread about him: calling him an agent of Russia, a supposed “incident with a prostitute in Europe,” allegations that he settled a claim for sexual assault in London, that he was unable to raise additional money for Read More Here