Fox News personality and former Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro is being sued by a civil rights activist who is claiming he was defamed while the host discussed Black Lives Matter on her show.
DeRay McKesson has filed a lawsuit against Fox News and Pirro, accusing her of slandering him during a segment when she talked about a police officer’s defunct lawsuit against him dating back to his involvement in last year’s Black Lives Matter protests in Louisiana when he was falsely arrested.
According to the lawsuit filed against Pirro, Mckesson said the host “made 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.”
The statements were made during an appearance on “Fox & Friends" in September.
“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," a Fox News spokesperson said on Friday.
Pirro is currently the host of “Justice With Judge Jeanine” on Fox News. She previously hosted the show “Judge Jeanine Pirro” on the CW, which was canceled six years ago. Pirro was the Westchester District Attorney from 1993 until 2005.
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