December 9, 2023

(The Hill) – A settlement has been reached in a Venezuelan businessman’s defamation lawsuit in opposition to Fox Information and host Lou Dobbs over statements accusing him of serving to tilt the 2020 presidential election.

In a letter to U.S. District Courtroom Choose Louis Lee Stanton filed within the Southern District of New York over the weekend, attorneys for the 2 events wrote they’d reached an settlement to resolve the matter. Monetary phrases of the settlement weren’t specified.

Majed Khalil filed his lawsuit in 2021, alleging statements made on Dobbs’s social media and by pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell on Dobbs’s Fox Enterprise present defamed him by accusing the businessman of executing an “electoral 9/11” and serving to change poll counts in voting machines.

“The 2020 Election is a cyber Pearl Harbor: The leftwing institution have aligned their forces to overthrow the US authorities,” Dobbs wrote in a Twitter submit that continues to be on-line.

In keeping with Khalil’s grievance, as Powell was showing on certainly one of his exhibits, the host requested, “You say these 4 people led the trouble to rig this election. How did they do it?”

Dobbs and Fox’s lawyer had moved to have the case dismissed on First Modification grounds, a movement the choose denied final fall.

“This matter has been resolved amicably by each side,” a Fox Information spokesperson stated when contacted Sunday by The Hill. “Now we have no additional remark.”

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Fox canceled Dobbs’ present in February of 2021.

The community is individually preventing a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit introduced by Dominion Voting Programs over related claims in regards to the 2020 election made on its air. Fox has additionally argued the claims made Dominion in that case are protected by the First Modification.

“This case is and at all times has been in regards to the First Modification protections of the media’s absolute proper to cowl the information,” the community stated in a latest assertion in regards to the Dominion case. “Fox will proceed to fiercely advocate for the rights of free speech and a free press as we transfer into the following part of those proceedings.” 

A trial within the Dominion case is slated to start later this month.

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