Black Lives Matter activist sues Fox News, Jeanine Pirro for defamation

A leading voice for the Black Lives Matter movement is suing Fox News and Jeanine Pirro, a host on the network, due to “false and defamatory statements” she made about him in September concerning the Black Lives Matter movement.

DeRay McKesson claims Pirro defamed him on “Fox & Friends” when she said he instructed protesters to be violent to police officers, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The lawsuit takes issue with Pirro’s comments about when McKesson was arrested during a protest in Louisiana in 2016, where a police officer had been hit and injured by a rock. The officer ultimately sued the Black Lives Matter Movement and McKesson.

That lawsuit was dismissed, but McKesson has since sued Pirro for making “a series of outrageously false and defamatory statements about Mr. McKesson, including that he directed someone to hit the police officer in the face with a rock.”

“Pirro’s statements are untrue and further a narrative that I, and other activists, engage in violent protest,” Mckesson told the Sun.

According to the lawsuit, Pirro’s claims are “false, and were either known to be false by Defendant Pirro or were made with reckless disregard for whether they were true.”

Fox News responded in a statement, standing by Pirro and her comments.

“We informed Mr. Mckesson’s counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings. We will defend this case vigorously,” the statement reads.

The suit was filed Tuesday in New York.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner

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