US voting machine maker sues Fox News, Trump lawyers for US$2.7b

US voting machine maker sues Fox News, Trump lawyers for US$2.7b
US voting machine maker sues Fox News, Trump lawyers for US$2.7b

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Smartmatic provided election technology and software only in Los Angeles County, California. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, Feb 5 — Voting technology maker Smartmatic filed a US$2.7 billion (RM11 billion) defamation suit yesterday against three Fox News hosts and Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani for promoting false claims that the company was involved in fraud in the November presidential election.

The complaint filed in New York State Court names the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox Corp, the Fox News Network and Fox hosts Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro as defendants.

Also named in the suit are former New York mayor Giuliani, the ex-president’s personal lawyer, and Sidney Powell, a lawyer for the Trump campaign who falsely claimed that voting machines had flipped votes for Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.

“The Earth is round,” the complaint said. “Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election for President and Vice President of the United States.

“The election was not stolen, rigged, or fixed,” it said. “These are facts. They are demonstrable and irrefutable.”

Smartmatic’s 285-page complaint said the defendants “have always known these facts.

“They knew the election was not rigged or fixed,” it said, but they “decided to tell people that the election was stolen” and to “make Smartmatic the villain in their story.”

Fox News broadcast 13 reports stating and implying Smartmatic had stolen the election and that its technology was used in six states where the results were in dispute, the complaint said.

In fact, Smartmatic provided election technology and software only in Los Angeles County, California, it said, and county officials lauded its performance.

The complaint makes 16 claims of defamation and disparagement against the defendants and seeks US$2.7 billion for economic and punitive damages.

In a statement, Fox said “Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion.

“We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court,” Fox said. — AFP

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