Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Trump in 2006, is accusing Fox News star Tucker Carlson of defaming her with claims made during an episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
She’s suing the network for slander, but Carlson himself is not named as a defendant.
“Reckless disregard for the truth”
According to the lawsuit, Carlson said during a December 2018 segment of his show that the “facts are undisputed. Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money.”
“Now that sounds like a classic case of extortion,” Carlson suggested.
McDougal and her legal team, however, took issue with that statement.
While her name was not specifically mentioned by Carlson, her picture was displayed during his remarks.
In the suit, McDougal’s attorneys said his statements were “intentionally false and made with reckless disregard for the truth.”
“McDougal never approached Trump and threatened to ruin his career or humiliate his family if he did not give her money,” the lawsuit reads.
“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 read.
Fox News, as usual, is standing behind Tucker Carlson and said it is prepared to mount a vigorous defense of its “controversial” host.
Fox News released a statement in which they indicated that “Fox News will vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.”
The lawsuit by McDougal is more than likely destined for failure because of the fact she was a public figure at the time.