Glenn Beck, The Blaze countersue Tomi Lahren

The battle between Tomi Lahren and Glenn Beck continues.

Beck and his company, The Blaze, filed Monday a counterclaim in response to a lawsuit from Lahren earlier this month. Lahren's suit alleged that she had been fired for her pro-choice stances.

But in the countersuit, Beck and The Blaze contend that Lahren is still an employee, a statement the company first made after Lahren filed suit. Lahren's contract with the company ends in September

"In reality, her employment agreement with TheBlaze remains in full force and effect, she continues to be employed (and paid) by TheBlaze, and she has access to her social media accounts, as well as a Facebook page TheBlaze created and maintains," the counterclaim, which was filed in the Dallas County District Court, alleged.

Beck and his company requested a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction.

Lahren sued for wrongful termination on April 7. In her suit, she alleged that she had been fired after making an appearance on The View, during which she expressed pro-choice views.

"I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well," she said at the time.

Lahren's rocky relationship with The Blaze predated that appearance by more than a year, the countersuit alleged. Those issues were why the company had decided not to extend its contract Lahren.

Additionally, what Lahren said on The View was a "drastic departure" from opinions she had previously expressed, the countersuit alleged.

"Lahren went from calling those who are pro-choice 'straight-up baby killers' (as late as December 2016) to stating that she would be a hypocrite, as a conservative believer in small government, to not be pro-choice," the claim alleges. "Not surprisingly, the whiplash effect was profound."

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