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Smartmatic USA Corp., a voting technology company, sued Fox News for airing a broadcast that allegedly contained defamatory statements about the company’s products regarding the 2020 presidential election.
Defamatory statements were allegedly made on-air during a Fox News broadcast about Smartmatic by lawyers who supported Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent, including Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
Some of the alleged defamatory statements implied that Smartmatic was complicit in the alleged voter fraud that Trump and his constituency have continually asserted took place during the election, even though Trump’s claims of voter fraud have been dismissed by courts.
J. Erik Connolly, who represents Smartmatic, said Smartmatic could not have possibly been involved in election rigging.
“We couldn’t possibly have rigged this election because we just weren’t even in the contested states to do the rigging,” Connolly said.
The lawsuit also made mention of certain comments that Fox News anchors Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo made.
“Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion. We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
The lawsuit seeks 2.7 billion dollars in damages.
This is the latest development in a string of legal battles members in or around the Trump administration have faced.
Trump is facing an impeachment trial on accusations that he encouraged violence at the Capitol Hill building on Jan. 6.
Those that rioted at the Capitol Hill building did so because of the belief that the 2020 election was fraudulent and essentially stolen from Trump.
Trump has claimed on several occasions that voter fraud did occur in the election, but those claims have been denied in courts.
In addition to the Trump impeachment trial, Rudy Giuliani, who has also been accused of encouraging the riots, faced another lawsuit similar to the Smartmatic lawsuit against Fox News.
Dominion Voting Systems sued Rudy Giuliani on Jan. 25 for defamation for leading Donald Trump’s efforts to spread claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
Dominion is one of the top voting machine companies in the U.S. The lawsuit against Giuliani sought more than $1.3 billion in damages.
Giuliani, who is also accused of making defamatory remarks about Smartmatic on-air during a Fox News broadcast, replied to the Dominion suit with a threat of countersuit.
“Dominion’s defamation lawsuit for $1.3B will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely. The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously. As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these Constitutional rights,” Giuliani said.