Fox News to Pay Dominion $787.5 Million, Avoiding Lawsuit

A twist in what was to be one of the most publicized trials of the year. As the hearing was to start, the judge announced that the Fox News channel had reached an agreement with the manufacturer of Dominion voting machines ending the lawsuits for defamation brought against the American channel. Fox will write a check for $787.5 million, announced Justin Nelson, the Dominion company’s attorney, adding, “Lies have consequences.”

Dominion Voting Systems is claiming $1.6 billion from Fox News for promoting conspiracy in the 2020 presidential election, claiming voting machines were manipulated or hacked to advantage Biden over Trump.

Fox News ‘satisfied’ with deal

During depositions, text messages and emails exchanged by Fox News executives and stars showed that the channel knew those theories were unfounded. According to Dominion, Fox was looking to stem its ratings hemorrhage, with conservative viewers preferring to watch channels like Newsmax and One America News Network.

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement of our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems,” the chain said in a statement, which will pay the company $787.5 million according to one of its lawyers. Fox News also said it “acknowledges a court ruling finding certain claims about Dominion to be false.”

The troubles of the conservative channel are not over: it is also being sued for defamation by the computer company specializing in counting votes Smartmatic, which claims 2.7 billion dollars.

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