Former Fox News guest bookings manager Laurie Luhn, a multiple victim of the alleged sexual misconduct of the late Roger Ailes, lost a major court round on Tuesday in her federal libel lawsuit against Fox News Media and its Executive Director, Suzanne Scott.
Upholding a lower court ruling dismissing Luhn’s complaint, a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia’s U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a 2019 Los Angeles Times Scott’s profile – in which the executive insisted that she “had no idea what was going on in Roger Ailes’ office” and “I never had a problem with any sort of harassment myself ”- could not meet the legal standard for defamation.
The ruling said it was because neither Scott nor the article mentioned Luhn and his statements were ‘reasonably capable of no defamatory significance’. defamation by implication. “
Luhn’s attorney, Larry Klayman, told the Daily Beast his client plans to ask the 11 appeals court justices to reconsider the decision and, if they refuse, to take the United States Supreme Court in the goal of securing a jury trial.
“This case should have been decided by a jury of Ms. Luhn’s peers, not by judges who cut off my client’s constitutional right to be heard,” Klayman said in a statement. “Hopefully Fox News and Scott have a heart and now consider doing what is ethical and fair and settling down with Ms Luhn as she has been badly damaged by this whole sad saga, having attempted suicide at four times. His emotional, physical and financial state is more than precarious and very fragile.
Fox News Media declined to comment.
#Roger #Ailes #victim #Laurie #Luhn #loses #libel #suit #Fox #News #CEO #Suzanne #Scott