WASHINGTON (AP) – Dominion Voting Systems filed a $ 1.6 billion lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, arguing that the major cable news network, in an attempt to stem its decline in ratings, falsely claimed that the voting machine company rigged the 2020 election.
The lawsuit adds to those already initiated by Dominion and other victims of misleading, false and outlandish allegations by President Donald Trump and his allies following their electoral defeat to Joe Biden. Those allegations fueled the mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6. The violent attack, which left five dead, led to Trump’s second impeachment trial.
The company contends that Fox News, by spreading the false claims about vote tampering, “sold a false story for its own business purposes and in doing so caused serious harm to Dominion,” according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Associated Press. .
“The truth matters. Lies have consequences, ”the lawsuit says. “Fox sold a bogus voter fraud story for his own business purposes, and by doing so he seriously harmed Dominion. If this does not constitute defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does ”.
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment Friday morning.
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, as confirmed by election officials across the country and Trump’s Attorney General William Barr himself. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, disputed states that were crucial to Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the process in their jurisdictions. Almost all the lawsuits initiated by Trump and his allies were dismissed by the judges, two of them by the Supreme Court, three of whose judges were nominated by the former president.
Still, some Fox employees falsely accused Dominion of altering the votes using algorithms on their machines that had been created in Venezuela to rig the elections in favor of the late President Hugo Chávez. Personalities such as Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, Trump allies, spread those complaints on the air and later on Fox’s huge social media platforms.
Dominion said in its lawsuit that it repeatedly tried to set the record straight, but was ignored by the Dox News.