Looks like everybody is suing Fox News these days.
I like it.
Courtesy of HuffPo:
Karen McDougal, a former magazine model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Fox News defamed her by airing a segment in which host Tucker Carlson accused her of extortion.
“Carlson’s statements were intentionally false and made with reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges.
On the Dec. 10 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson told viewers McDougal was one of two women who “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and his family if he didn’t give them money.”
“Now that,” Carlson added, “sounds like a classic case of extortion.”
The lawsuit, filed in a New York State court, says Fox is liable for Carlson’s claim, which he advertised to his nearly 3 million viewers as the “undisputed facts” about payments to McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who also says she had an affair with Trump.
“Indeed, every individual involved in the payment that Trump caused to be paid to McDougal never once stated that she extorted Trump or otherwise committed any crime or unlawful act whatsoever,” the lawsuit says.
Of course McDougal was paid hush money during the 2016 campaign but there is no evidence that she attempted to extort Donald Trump.
Instead she was offered a deal by the parent company of the National Enquirer to buy the rights to her story, they then buried it, and Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen facilitated payments to compensate David Pecker, the CEO of the media company, for money he paid McDougal to kill the story.
So yeah, Tucker Carlson made the whole thing up.