Black Lives Matter leader sues Fox News


Activist DeRay McKesson is suing Fox News and pro-Trump pundit Jeanine Pirro for defamation over their portrayals of him as a violent ringleader in the Black Lives Matter movement.

McKesson had attended a protest against the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, a Black man, on July 5, 2016, where he and several others were arrested.

A judge ultimately tossed the case in September, ruling that "all claims against "Black Lives Matter" must be dismissed because social movements lack the capacity to be sued".

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, DeRay says Pirro blamed him for directing the violence, and added, "You've got a police officer who was injured, he was injured at the direction of DeRay McKesson".

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A Baton Rouge officer alleged that McKesson had told protestors to riot against police, but in September of this year, the case was ruled in McKesson's favor when a judge said that the leader was exercising free speech and had not called for violence. The cop named Mckesson and "Black Lives Matter" as defendants. "We will defend this case vigorously". "Stop lying", he tweeted at Pirro.

Now, McKesson is suing Pirro for damages and claims that her words have created a threat to his safety. The police claimed he was hit in the face by a rock during the protest rally, thrown by a protestor who was incited by Mckesson, New York Daily News reported.

Pirro has said on Twitter she was relying on paragraphs from the cop's lawsuit during her appearance.

These statements, and others, "are false statements of fact that defamed Mr. McKesson", the complaint states.

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A Washington Post column described the "Fox & Friends" segment as "a remarkably efficient instance of the sort of race-baiting that's all too common on Fox News' opinion shows".

Fox News said it will fight the suit.

Pirro continued, according to the complaint, citing a transcript of the show: "The problem is when you have federal judges who make decisions on politics - activist judges - not on the facts".

In response to McKesson's lawsuit, a Fox News spokesperson provided theGrio with the following statement: "We informed Mr. McKesson's counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings". After that, she earned her law degree from Albany Law School and became Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County in 1978. Last weekend on her show, "Justice With Judge Jeanine", she called for a "cleansing" of Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice officials investigating President Trump.

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Last month, Pirro, a former Westchester County district attorney and host of the Fox News Channel show "Justice with Judge Jeanine", was issued a speeding ticket for driving 119 miles per hour (192 kph) in a 65 miles per hour (105 kph) zone in upstate NY.