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Rupert Murdoch to appear in deposition over 2020 US election conspiracy theories

Rupert Murdoch will be impeached next week as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion ($2.4 billion) defamation lawsuit against Fox News over the media company’s reports of a conspiracy theory about the 2020 presidential election.

Dominion has collected evidence and testimony to prove her claim that Fox News recklessly aired claims that the voting machine company rigged the election by diverting millions of votes from former President Donald Trump, who continues to repeat the conspiracy theory.

Rupert Murdoch.Credit:AP

Murdoch, 91, will answer questions under oath via video conference Dec. 13 and 14, according to a notice filed Monday in the Delaware Superior Court.

The case against Fox News Network is overseen by Judge Eric M. Davis, who denied the company’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit in December 2021.

In his ruling, Davis said Fox had enough information at the time of the broadcasts to know that the conspiracy theory was “probably false.”

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Davis also allowed Dominion’s separate case against Fox’s parent company Fox Corp. to proceed, ruling in June that Dominion had shown that Rupert and his son Lachlan Murdoch may have acted with “actual malice” in instructing the network broadcast the conspiracy theory.

Brian Nick, a spokesman for Fox, declined to comment.

Fox News has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, saying the reports — featuring guests including former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell and others — were a matter of public interest and protected by the First Amendment.

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