New York Daily News: MANHATTAN, NY – Dominion Voting Systems wants Fox News to pay for its allegations of widespread voting fraud in support of ex-President Donald Trump.
The company filed a staggering $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit Friday against the right-leaning news network, alleging Fox reported bogus claims that the company rigged the 2020 presidential race in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.
“The truth matters,” the company said in the Delaware Superior Court filing. “Lies have consequences. Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process.
“If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does. Dominion brings this lawsuit to set the record straight.”
According to the lawsuit, Fox — after accurately reporting Biden’s November victory over Trump — began bleeding viewers who fled to other networks promoting the unfounded and unproven election conspiracy theory espoused by the defeated president.
“So Fox set out to lure viewers back, including President Trump himself, by intentionally and falsely blaming Dominion for President Trump’s loss by rigging the election,” read the more than 400-page court filing. The lawsuit was first reported by The Associated Press.
The lawsuit specifically alleges Fox’s “outlandish, defamatory and far-fetched fictions” included claims that Dominion was owned by a Venezuelan company founded to rig elections for dictator Hugo Chavez; helped rig the Trump-Biden November 2020 election; manipulated vote counts with its software and algorithms; and paid kickbacks to government officials who used their machines.
Dominion Voting Systems voting machine is seen in Atlanta. (John Bazemore)
In a statement released Friday morning, the network defended its reporting during the contentious presidential race.
“FOX News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court,” the statement read.
But the network provided an outlet for Trump allies like ex-New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell to promote the bogus allegations against Dominion, the lawsuit charged.
“To fan the flames, Fox turned to Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, neither of whom were official White House spokespeople and both of whom were promoting a baseless defamatory campaign against Dominion,” according to the company’s court filing.
Despite Trump’s continuing claims of election fraud in his loss to Biden, no evidence to support the allegations was ever presented as the president and his backers filed and lost more than 60 legal challenges to the nation’s voting results. The Supreme Court twice rejected lawsuits over the election results.
As a result, Dominion employees became the target of death threats and other harassment, the lawsuit charged. The company has already sued Giuliani and Powell over the misinformation.
“Fox endorsed, repeated and broadcast a series of verifiably false yet devastating lies about Dominion,” the suit added.