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Fox News Settles One Of Several Defamation Lawsuits Over Election Lies

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Fox News has settled one of its several defamation lawsuits over the network’s election lies. As reported by The Hill, the lawsuit was filed by a Venezuelan businessman against Fox News, host Lou Dobbs, and pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell over statements accusing him of helping tilt the 2020 presidential election.

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

“The 2020 Election is a cyber Pearl Harbor: The leftwing establishment have aligned their forces to overthrow the United States government,” Dobbs wrote in a Twitter post that remains online.

According to Khalil’s complaint, as Powell was appearing on one of his shows, the host asked, “You say these four individuals led the effort to rig this election. How did they do it?”

Dobbs and Fox’s attorney had moved to have the case dismissed on First Amendment grounds, a motion the judge denied last fall.

In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Louis Lee Stanton filed in the Southern District of New York over the weekend, lawyers for the two parties wrote they had reached an agreement to resolve the matter. The financial terms of the agreement were not specified.

Fox canceled Dobbs’ show in February of 2021.

The development comes as Fox News is about to go to trial in a $1.6 Billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems over similar claims about the 2020 election made on air.

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