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Fox Producer Drops, for Now, Case Accusing Network of Coercion

A former Fox News producer who has accused the network of coercing her into providing misleading testimony has dismissed one of her lawsuits against the company, at least for now.

In a court filing on Friday in Delaware Superior Court, Abby Grossberg, who worked for the hosts Maria Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, said that she was voluntarily dismissing the complaint without prejudice, which means the case can be brought again.

Ms. Grossberg had claimed in the lawsuit that she had been pressured and coached by Fox’s lawyers to protect the company and lie in her sworn deposition as part of the Dominion Voting Systems case against Fox.

Fox settled with Dominion for $787.5 million in April, just before the trial was about to begin in the high-profile defamation case.

Parisis G. Filippatos, a lawyer for Ms. Grossberg, said that his client intended to refile the case in another jurisdiction “in the coming weeks.”

“Fox would be mistaken in viewing our client’s voluntary dismissal of her civil conspiracy claims,” he said, “as a retreat from those claims.”

Mr. Filippatos added: “We have often stated in public that we believe Abby Grossberg’s claims surrounding her coerced testimony in the Dominion case form the essential connective tissue between Fox’s misconduct in that case and the case being adjudicated by Smartmatic in New York, where it is seeking $2.7 billion in damages for very similar misconduct by Fox.”

A Fox spokeswoman referred to an earlier comment on the lawsuit: “The assertion that Ms. Grossberg was coached or intimidated into being dishonest during her Dominion deposition is patently false. We will continue to vigorously defend Fox against her unmeritorious legal claims, which are riddled with false allegations against the network and our employees.”

Ms. Grossberg still has a pending lawsuit against Fox that was filed in the Southern District of New York that claims Tucker Carlson’s show had a toxic and misogynistic workplace. Mr. Carlson, one of the network’s highest ratings hosts, was abruptly fired on April 24.

Ms. Grossberg was fired by Fox News in March, four days after filing her lawsuits.

Sumber: www.nytimes.com