Fox News anchor Sean Hannity said Wednesday under oath that he had never believed the 2020 election was rigged.
The hearing was connected to Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News. Hannity testified, The New York Times reported. Dominion claims that it suffered irreparable damage from Fox News’ coverage of allegations that its systems had rerouted votes for former President Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
The anchor stated that she did not believe the allegations.
Stephen Shackelford, Jr., an attorney representing Dominion, stated that Fox News Executive Vice President Meade cooper also testified that she didn’t believe the accusations against Dominion, NPR reported. He also named several Fox News employees who said that they did not believe the election fraud claims.
According to the Times, he stated that “Many of Fox’s highest-ranking people have confessed under oath they never believed the Dominion lies.”
According to the Times, the hearing dealt with a range of issues that had to be resolved before the April jury trial.
According to the Times, Dominion claims that Fox News hosts made false statements about its company and election fraud while they knew they were false. The suit must be won, according to the Times. The lawyer representing the Colorado-based company stated that “not one Fox witness” provided evidence supporting the allegations against it.
NPR reported that Fox News has built a case against Dominion that Fox News cannot prove that it intentionally tried to harm the company. Rupert Murdoch, Fox Corporation Chairman, has been scheduled for testimony in the case. Lachlan Murdoch, his son and Fox Corporation CEO, has already been deposed in Los Angeles.
Dominion also filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Sidney Powell, a former Trump lawyer, in Jan. 2021 for her claims that it rigged the election to Biden’s favour.