Karen McDougal sues Fox News over alleged slander

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Former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said she had an affair with President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE years before he entered the White House, is suing Fox News for slander, alleging Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonConservative Dan Bongino launches alternative to the Drudge Report Trump’s Afghanistan ‘peace deal’ evidences Tucker Carlson’s ‘salesman’ claim Tucker Carlson calls Trump ‘full-blown BS artist’ in segment defending him from media coverage MORE damaged her reputation.

The suit filed in the New York State court claims Carlson falsely accused McDougal of extortion on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Dec. 10, 2018, and shared false information that she “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money.”

Carlson is not named as a defendant.

McDougal denies she participated in extortion to receive the $150,000 payment and said in the lawsuit that Carlson misled his viewers by saying that he was reporting “undisputed facts.” The suit alleges Carlson’s comments were “intentionally false and made with reckless disregard for the truth.”

“Had Carlson done any investigation or responsible reporting or journalism, he would have easily discovered that what he and FOX NEWS published about MCDOUGAL was and is demonstrably false,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit details how media executive David Pecker and Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJustice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Five things to watch for at Trump’s NATO meetings Trump, Pompeo hit Democrats for holding impeachment hearing during NATO meetings MORE negotiated with McDougal to buy her silence about her affair.

McDougal said in the suit that the people she negotiated with “never once mentioned, implied or otherwise indicated that MCDOUGAL extorted Trump.”

A Fox News Channel spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that “FOX News will vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.”

The Hill reached out to McDougal’s lawyer for comment.

Trump was involved in the effort to silence McDougal and adult-film star Stormy Daniels about their extramarital affairs with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported last year.

Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations from dealing these payments last year.

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