Fox News and parent company Fox Corp. have settled a defamation lawsuit brought by a Venezuelan businessman who alleged that a segment falsely defamed him for being involved in a scheme to rig the 2020 presidential election.
“This issue has been resolved amicably by both sides. We have no further comment,” a Fox News spokesperson said The Hollywood Reporter when prompted for comment.
“The parties are pleased to jointly notify the court that they have reached a confidentiality agreement
agreement to resolve this case,” lawyers wrote to the judge in the case on Saturday. “The parties expect to submit a joint termination clause with reservation early next week.”
Coincidentally, Fox News has made headlines in recent months due to a few defamation cases related to the weeks following the 2020 election. One is from a voting system company called Smartmatic, but it’s the case of Dominion that’s gotten the most press, with internal texts and emails that shed light on Fox’s inner workings during the tumultuous few weeks after former President Donald Trump lost the election.
The case Fox settled may have some superficial similarities, but it was really driven by a segment (and subsequent promotion of the segment on social media) on a show hosted by former Fox host Lou Dobbs.
Dobbs interviewed former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, who alleged that the businessman, Majed Khalil, collaborated with Dominion and Smartmatic to manipulate the 2020 election for Joe Biden. Khalil then sued Fox, Dobbs and Powell, with a judge last year allowing the case to continue after Fox asked for the case to be dismissed.
While the billion-dollar Dominion and Smartmatic cases are getting more exposure and more at stake (with potentially billions of dollars at stake), the settlement with Khalil suggests Fox is willing to sit down and take the case related to coverage of the 2020 election and its aftermath.