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Judge dismisses suit against Fox over Trump affair story (The Independent)

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Judge dismisses suit against Fox over Trump affair story – Via AP news wire (The Independent) / Sept 24 2020

A Manhattan judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Fox News brought by the former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with Donald Trump

A Manhattan judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Fox News brought by the former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump.

Karen McDougal had alleged in the suit filed late last year that Fox host Tucker Carlson slandered her by calling the payout “a classic case of extortion.” U.S. District Court Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil ruled on Thursday that McDougal failed to prove that Carlson was accusing her of an actual crime in a way that would back up a defamation claim.

The judge called the on-air remarks “rhetorical hyperbole and opinion commentary intended to frame a political debate, and as such, are not actionable as defamation,” the judge said in a written ruling.

Messages were left on Thursday with lawyers on both sides of the legal fight seeking comment.

Continue to article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/judge-dismisses-suit-against-fox-over-trump-affair-story-tucker-carlson-model-karen-mcdougal-judge-judge-b580698.html

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