Rupert Murdoch will be deposed in a $1.6 billion defamation case involving Dominion Voting Systems, WaPo reports

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  • Dominion Voting System is pursuing a $1.6 billion defamation case against Fox News.

  • The lawsuit claims the network amplified false claims surrounding the 2020 election results.

  • Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox Corp., will be the most senior executive to be deposed in the case.

Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News' parent company Fox Corp, will be deposed next week in Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion-dollar lawsuit against the company.

Murdoch will be deposed on December 13 and 14 via videoconference, per a filing in Delaware's Superior Court seen by The Washington Post. His testimony is being compelled as part of Dominion's defamation lawsuit against Fox News. The company claims that the network aired baseless election fraud claims to boost its viewership after former President Donald Trump's election loss.

"From the highest levels down, Fox knowingly spread lies about Dominion, causing enormous and irreparable damage," a spokesperson for Dominion said in an email to Insider. "Instead of acting responsibly and showing remorse, Fox instead has doubled down by publicly stating that they are proud of their Dominion-related coverage. We're focused on holding Fox accountable and are confident the truth will ultimately prevail."

On Monday, Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan Murdoch, was made to sit for a deposition in Los Angeles. The Washington Post also reported in August that Fox News' on-air personalities including Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, and Jeanine Pirro were also deposed by Dominion's lawyers for the statements they made on-air.

Dominion Voting Systems has filed several other defamation lawsuits regarding claims its machines helped rig the 2020 election. These include cases against former Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, and Trump ally, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.

An attorney for Fox News did not respond to Insider's request for comment.

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