A Fox News producer filed on Monday lawsuits against the network, alleging that its lawyers coerced it into making misleading statements in Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the network.
The lawsuit was filed Monday night by Abby Grossberg, who worked with Fox News anchors Tucker Carlson and Maria Bartiromo, against the network in New York and Delaware. Grossberg alleged that Fox News lawyers “coerced, intimidated and misinformed” while preparing her to testify in a libel suit from Dominion Voting Systems.
“RS. Grossberg left the pre-deposition hearings not knowing that by giving such false/misleading and evasive answers as those Fox’s legal team positively responded to during the pre-deposition hearings, she was not only opening herself up to civil and criminal liability for perjury, but also subtly shifting all responsibility for the alleged defamation against the Dominion onto her shoulders and, by implication, onto the shoulders of her trusted female colleague, Ms. repeated coverage of lies against the Dominion, the lawsuit says.
Grossberg also spoke about the culture of discrimination in the “toxic workplace” while at Fox News. She claimed that she was “isolated, overworked, undervalued, denied promotion, and generally treated significantly worse than her male counterparts, even when those men were less qualified than her” and that the network retaliated against her after she complained of “unlawful persecution (on the basis of her gender and Jewish religion)”.
Her lawsuit also alleged that she faced “vile sexist stereotypes” and that female workers were “verbally abused almost daily by a venomous and ingrained patriarchy”.
Fox News denied Grossberg’s claims in a statement.
“FOX News Media has engaged independent outside legal counsel to immediately investigate concerns raised by Ms. Grossberg following a critical performance review. Her allegations in connection with the Dominion case are baseless and we will vigorously defend Fox against all of her claims,” said Irena Briganti, senior executive vice president of corporate communications for Fox News Media.
Fox News on Monday night requested a temporary restraining order against Grossberg, which the network said would prevent her from disclosing sensitive information. The network claimed that it would suffer “immediate irreparable harm” if the order was not carried out. The judge has not yet ruled on this order.
“RS. Grossberg threatened to disclose the confidential information of Fox’s attorney and client, and we have filed a temporary restraining order to protect our rights,” Briganti said in a statement.
In a statement, Grossman’s lawyers, Parisis “Jerry” Philippatos and Tanveer Rahman, said their client was placed on “administrative leave” after she told the network she was going to file these lawsuits, her complaint alleges.
“Ms Grossberg refused to be silenced and bullied by Fox News after she had to endure for years what she claims was rampant sexism and misogyny in the workplace, where men were regularly promoted, paid more and provided much more resources and employees. than more qualified women both in front of and behind the camera,” they said.
“Worse, Ms. Grossberg claims she was manipulated and used as a pawn by Fox News lawyers to shift the blame for the Network’s broadcast of false information about Dominion voting systems to women like her and Maria Bartiromo, just to to protect predominantly the men of the Network. bosses who controlled content, and guests who were and were not allowed to air on the channel,” they added. “Our firm seeks to justify Fox’s flagrant violation of Ms. Grossberg’s rights.”
Grossberg’s lawsuit was filed a day before a key hearing in the Dominion v. Fox News lawsuit, in which a Delaware judge is deciding whether any part of the case should be ruled before a jury trial.
Dominion sued Fox for defamation in March 2021, alleging that the company caused “serious damage” by giving oxygen to conspiracy theories it knew were false, including that Dominion equipment was used to rig elections. 2020 for Joe Biden that it was related to the late Venezuelan. President Hugo Chavez and that it paid bribes to US government officials.
Evidence released as part of a defamation lawsuit earlier this month hints at Grossberg’s work life.
“I book and write the whole Sundu [sic] Morning Futures alone, so know what it’s like to run lean!” she wrote in an email sent in September 2020, demanding that the researcher send her the data.