Billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch will face questioning this week from lawyers for voting system company Smartmatic as part of the company’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News over its coverage of the 2020 election.
The deposition will take place on Tuesday in Los Angeles, Reuters reports.
Murdoch, 92, until this month served as chairman of Fox and News Corp. before handing over control of the company to his eldest son Lachlan and taking on the role of “Chairman Emeritus.”
In April, with Rupert Murdoch still at the helm, Fox agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems $787 million to settle similar defamation claims stemming from statements made on its airwaves about Dominion software sponsored by former President Trump and his allies.
As part of the litigation, Dominion’s lawyers have made public Rupert Murdoch’s sworn statements and internal communications during the 2020 election, some of which show him criticizing Trump and his false claims of a stolen election.
Smartmatic is seeking $2.7 billion in damages from Fox, accusing it of maliciously giving Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani a platform to broadcast lies about the election.
Fox has denied Smartmatic’s accusations and moved to court to have the case dismissed, so far unsuccessfully. The network also argued that Smartmatic inflated its valuation while it tried to win a settlement.
“We are ready to defend this case surrounding the most important events when it goes to trial, likely in 2025,” the network said in a statement about the case. “As a report prepared by our financial expert indicated, Smartmatic’s damage claims are implausible, have no connection to reality, and on their face are intended to chill First Amendment freedoms.”
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