Voting system producer files lawsuit against Fox News, Guiliani for defamation
- Smartmatic seeks $2.7 billion under the accusations of defamation and disparagment
- The lawsuit also names Mario Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, Sidney Powell and Lou Dobbs
- Fox news spokesperson said, "We will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court"
On Thursday, Smartmatic, a tech firm that produces an Electronic voting system filed a suit against Rudolph Guiliani, a former mayor for New York City, and Fox News cable network accusing the parties of defamation of the company by floating false notions of twisting election results against former US President Donald Trump, reported Reuters.
The lawsuit also enlists names like Mario Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Sidney Powell.
The company accused the media network of planting a story about the bias in the 2020 US Presidential elections in favour of US President Joe Biden and said the parties made Smartmatic "the villain in their story".
While hinting towards Pirro, the lawsuit said, "Fox News used the story to preserve its grip on viewers and readers and curry favors with the outgoing administration – one of their anchors was even able to get a pardon for her ex-husband", reported Reuters.
The lawsuit, filed in New York County Supreme Court, claims $2.7 billion from the defendants and raises a total of 16 claims of disparagement and defamation.
The spokesperson for Fox News Media stated, "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.”
Antonio Mugica, the Chief Executive of Smartmatic said, "This is a first step in trying to recover our reputation and trying to set the record straight",
The technology provided by the firm was only used in the Los Angeles County, which in the majority voted for Biden, for the November 3 US Presidential elections.
After the election results started coming in from various states, claims of rigged elections and voter fraud were made by Trump and his supporters and accused Dominion voting systems and Smartmatic of manipulating the outcome.