Fox Information and one among its former hosts, Lou Dobbs, have settled a defamation go well with with a Venezuelan businessman whom the community linked to voting-system fraud within the 2020 election.
In a letter filed on Saturday to a federal choose within the Southern District of New York, the events mentioned that they had reached a confidential settlement, though they didn’t disclose the phrases.
“This matter has been resolved amicably by either side,” a spokesperson for Fox Information mentioned in an e mail. “We have now no additional remark.”
The settlement comes days earlier than jury choice this week in a significant case that Fox Information is defending. That case, a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit introduced by Dominion Voting Methods, says that Fox Information lied about voter fraud within the 2020 election, and that Fox hosts and visitors repeatedly made false claims about Dominion machines and their supposed position in a plot to steal the election from President Donald J. Trump in 2020.
In that trial, which is anticipated to start on April 17, a jury will weigh whether or not Fox unfold false claims about Dominion whereas realizing that the claims had been unfaithful, and it’ll decide any damages.
“Dominion’s lawsuit is a political campaign in the hunt for a monetary windfall,” the Fox spokesperson mentioned.
Within the case in opposition to the Venezuelan businessman, Majed Khalil, Mr. Dobbs and Sidney Powell, an everyday visitor on Fox Information, mentioned on-air and in associated Twitter posts that Dominion was utilizing software program to flip votes from President Trump to Joseph R. Biden Jr., or so as to add votes for Mr. Biden.
One of many tweets falsely mentioned Mr. Khalil was “the efficient ‘COO’ of the election undertaking.” In an earlier grievance, the plaintiffs mentioned neither Fox Information nor Mr. Dobbs had reached out to Mr. Khalil for remark.
Fox Enterprise canceled Mr. Dobbs’s weekday present in February 2021.