(New York) Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a lawsuit against Fox News for defamation over reporting conspiracy theories alleging that the company’s machines were rigged to put Donald Trump at a disadvantage in the 2020 US presidential election.
Dominion Voting Systems is claiming approximately $ 1.6 billion from the conservative news channel.
This is the second defamation complaint against Fox News, which was actually attacked in early February for similar reasons by another election machine company, Smartmatic. The complaint calls for $ 2.7 billion from media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s channel.
Dominion has also filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and another attorney for former US President Sydney Powell, for $ 1.3 billion each.
In the 139-page lawsuit in Delaware filed Friday, the company accuses Fox News of “repeating and spreading verifiable destructive lies about the Dominion.”
To appease his pro-Trump fans disappointed with his defeat, the complaint adds “About Fox a Spark to a Forest Fire”, which featured several of the channel’s broadcasters – Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Perot and Maria Bartiromo.
Dominion is “entitled to punitive damages,” given Fox’s “conscious desire to do him harm.” “Lies have consequences,” said Stephen Shackelford, one of the firm’s attorneys.
The company is seeking compensation of more than 1.6 billion, of which one billion is for the loss of the value of the company, and 600 million losses in profits.
As with the complaint by Smartmatic, Fox News briefly replied: “We are proud of our coverage of the 2020 elections, according to the great tradition of American press, and we will vigorously defend ourselves in court against this unfounded measure,” a spokesperson said. For the channel.
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