Bombshell as Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan suddenly drops his huge Aussie defamation lawsuit – days after news Corp’s shock $1.2billion settlement with US voting company
- Lachlan Murdoch sued independent news website Crikey
- He claimed Crikey defamed him in a June 2022 article
- Mr Murdoch dropped the Federal Court action on Friday
Billionaire businessman Rupert Murdoch’s son Lachlan has dropped his defamation lawsuit against independent Australian news website Crikey.
The co-chairman of news Corp and CEO of Fox Corporation had claimed Crikey defamed him in June 2022 in an article written by its political editor.
That opinion piece, penned by Bernard Keane, referred to the Murdoch family as ‘unindicted co-conspirators’ in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Mr Murdoch’s lawyer John Churchill said he had filed a notice of discontinuance with the Federal Court of Australia.
Rupert Murdoch ‘s son Lachlan has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Australian news website Crikey. Lachlan Murdoch is pictured with wife Sarah
‘It is a matter of public record that Crikey admits that there is no truth to the imputations that were made about Mr Murdoch in the article,’ Mr Churchill said.
‘In their latest attempt to change their defence strategy, Crikey has tried to introduce thousands of pages of documents from a defamation case in another jurisdiction, which has now settled.’
That was a reference to news Corp settling a separate lawsuit with voting firm Dominion for AUD$1.2billion (USD$787.5million) just days ago.
The agreement to end the case avoided a trial at which Rupert Murdoch and primetime Fox news stars including Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity would have been compelled to testify in open court.
Mr Churchill said Crikey had attempted to use the Dominion law suit to suggest Fox news caused the US Capitol riots.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Mr Murdoch’s lawyer John Churchill said he had filed a notice of discontinuance with the Federal Court of Australia. Rupert Murdoch is pictured
‘In that case, in the US state of Delaware, the trial judge ruled the events of January 6, 2021, in the US Capitol, were not relevant,’ Mr Churchill said.
‘Further, the plaintiff Dominion Voting Systems made clear it would not argue that Fox news caused the events of January 6, and at no point did it ever argue that Mr Murdoch was personally responsible… ‘
Mr Churchill said Crikey had nonetheless sought to make that argument in the Federal Court of Australia.
‘Mr Murdoch remains confident that the court would ultimately find in his favour,’ he said.
‘However he does not wish to further enable Crikey’s use of the court to litigate a case from another jurisdiction that has already been settled and facilitate a marketing campaign designed to attract subscribers and boost their profits.’
Fox is still facing a USD$2.7billion lawsuit from another voting technology company, Smartmatic, over its coverage of debunked election-rigging claims.
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