The New York Times is suing the Post and its owner, Charles Post, for libel after the paper reported that the driver who pulled off the stunt was a fake police officer.
The Post says it hired a stunt driver in April 2015, when the newspaper was struggling to make money and needed help from the public.
The driver was a driver in the New York Police Department, but the Post said the driver was not an officer.
But a person familiar with the lawsuit said the Post had hired a fake officer in May 2015 and the Post did not report it to the police.
The lawsuit accuses the Post of defamation and infliction of emotional distress.
The Times said in a statement that it “takes all allegations of defamation seriously” and that the lawsuit does not address the actual facts.
The New Yorker has sued the Post for libel over a similar stunt, and in October, the newspaper said it hired an undercover NYPD officer and that Post’s driver pulled off a stunt that caused the paper to lose nearly $2.5 million.
Post said in an interview that he hired the driver and that he had been “completely misled” about the situation.
The stunt driver said he never knew the driver worked for the Post.
The suit says the driver’s story was not supported by documents and that his claims were “false and defamatory.”
It also claims that the Post is “a victim of a malicious campaign of disinformation and lies” by the Post on behalf of a “media conspiracy.”
The Post’s chief legal officer, David Barron, has defended the paper and its driver, calling the suit “absolutely absurd.”
“We are confident that our driver was the one who did this stunt, in a professional manner, for the New Yorker,” Barron wrote in an email.
“We have no reason to doubt his claim that he was hired by the New Yorkers and was driving a car to go through the traffic in front of the Post office.”
The suit also claims the Post paid for the stunt with advertising revenue.