Fox News host sued by Black Lives Matter activist (video)

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Fox News host Jeanine Pirro was named in a lawsuit filed against her on Tuesday, with the claimant saying she defamed him on national television.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson claims Pirro defamed him by saying he incited violence against police.

“In this particular case, DeRay McKesson, the organizer, actually was directing people, was directing the violence,” Pirro said. “You’ve got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay McKesson. DeRay McKesson walks away with a hundred thousand dollars, for an organization that is amorphous. We got a problem in this country.”

Pirro was referring to a lawsuit stemming from events at a BLM protest in Louisiana, in which activists demonstrated against the 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling. One police officer claimed protesters threw rocks at him, and that McKesson had incited the violence.

McKesson was arrested at the protest; but later, the charges against him were dismissed. He sued the department, and the officer who said McKesson had incited the violence filed a counter-suit, which is what Pirro was referencing on a “Fox and Friends” episode earlier this fall.

McKesson received over $100,000 in damages from Baton Rouge Police, and now he’s going after Pirro. He filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan Supreme Court, saying Pirro knowingly lied about him on national television because the police officer’s suit was dismissed before Pirro made the comments.

The police officer’s lawsuit was thrown out because it named McKesson and the BLM as defendants, and the judge ruled that BLM was a movement, not an organization, and could not be sued. The judge also said there was not enough evidence showing that McKesson directly incited the violence against him.

Fox News vows to fight McKesson’s lawsuit against Pirro. “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,” Fox News reportedly said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pirro’s commentary is in the video below. Scenes from McKesson’s arrest are in the following clips.

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