On Thursday a former Playboy model who claims that she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president has filed a lawsuit against Fox News. The lawsuit alleges that Fox allowed host Tucker Carlson to make “demonstrably false” accusations about her.
Karen McDougal’s attorney Eric Bernstein stated that both Fox and Carlson were “grossly irresponsible and manifested a reckless disregard for the truth” when it allowed Carlson to say on-air in a December 2018 that McDougal extorted Trump for a payment of $150,000 in August of 2016.
During the December segment, Carlson presented what he called “undisputed” facts about McDougal and Stormy Daniels. Carlson claimed that the two women had “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money.”
Carlson would go on to call the situation “like a classic case of extortion.”
Bernstein states that the payment came from American Media Inc. (AMI), the owner of the National Enquirer. The payment was made to suppress a story about McDougal’s affair with Trump before the 2016 elections took place.
AMI stated in a nonprosecution agreement with federal prosecutors that the payments had been made “in cooperation, consultation, and concert with Trump’s campaign.”
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 in relation to the payments that were made to Daniels and McDougal.
Fox gave a statement about the lawsuit to the Associated Press stating that it would “vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.”