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'Three Cups of Tea' author Greg Mortenson battles a civil lawsuit

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(Read caption) Two weeks after agreeing to a $1 million deal to settle allegations that he mishandled charitable contributions, “Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson is back in federal court this week – this time to face a civil lawsuit.

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Fresh off a $1 million deal with the Montana Attorney General’s office to settle allegations that he mishandled his charity’s money, “Three Cups of Tea” author Greg Mortenson is back in federal court Wednesday to fight a civil lawsuit that claims that he fabricated parts of his bestselling memoirs.

The lawsuit, filed by four individuals from California, Montana, and Illinois, lists more than two dozen alleged fabrications. Defendants include Mortenson, publisher Penguin Group, co-author David Oliver Relin, and the Central Asia Institute.

In his bestselling “Three Cups of Tea,” Mortenson recounts a failed attempt to climb K2, being nursed back to health by a poor Pakistani village in the Himalayan foothills, and his resolution to build schools in that impoverished region. “Three Cups of Tea,” and later, “Stones Into Schools,” were conceived of as storytelling and fundraising vehicles for Mortenson’s Central Asia Institute charity, for which Mortenson collected tens of millions of dollars. 

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