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Fox News is now taking legal action against one of its top producers in an effort to silence her amid the ongoing Dominion lawsuit.
In a Monday complaint filed in the Supreme Court of New York, Fox News alleged that Abby Grossberg, a senior booking producer for Tucker Carlson, has threatened the network with a discrimination lawsuit and, in doing so, has threatened to publicly disclose privileged conversations she had with Fox News lawyers in advance of her own September 2022 deposition in the Dominion defamation case.
Grossberg’s threats, the network wrote, have forced Fox to seek a court order silencing her.
The top producer worked on Maria Bartiromo’s weekend show during the 2020 election and was among those who received the “wackadoodle” memo from “Kraken” lawyer Sidney Powell, written by a self-described “ghost” woman, that served as the basis for some of the baseless election-fraud claims Fox News aired.
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Grossberg was deposed by Dominion last fall and testified that the memo, which Powell sent along and used for her claims on TV, “isn’t something that I would use right now as reportable for air, no.”
At the same time, Grossberg “knew what Powell would say on air on November 8,” according to Dominion’s recent brief, and was aware at the time of the thin sourcing of her claim.
Grossberg has yet to file a suit against Fox, but Monday’s complaint indicated she has threatened to sue for “alleged discrimination and retaliation claims against Fox News under the New York State Human Rights Laws (NYSHRL) and the New York City Human Rights Laws (NYCHRL).”
According to the network, the producer’s threat to disclose conversations with Fox News attorneys “will violate Fox News’ right to maintain the confidentiality of those communications under the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine.”
Neither reps for Fox News nor Grossberg immediately responded to requests for comment.
—Justin Rohrlich contributed reporting.
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