Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News commentator Nomiki Konst and PR executive Irena Briganti.
Tantaros’ latest lawsuit is separate from the sexual harassment suit she filed in August 2016 against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Fox News called that lawsuit a shakedown for cash by a disgruntled “opportunist.”
In the lawsuit filed on April 19, Tantaros accuses Konst — a liberal activist — of defaming her in a tweet where she claimed Andrea had assaulted her on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Konst posted the tweet in reaction to early reports of Bill O’Reilly’s firing amid sexual harassment allegations.
“Remember that time Bill O’Reilly kicked me off a weekly spot on his show after Andrea Tantaros physically attacked me and threatened me? I do!” Nomiki tweeted.
Remember that time Bill O'Reilly kicked me off a weekly spot on his show after Andrea Tantaros physically attacked me & threatened me? I do!
— Nomiki Konst (@NomikiKonst) April 19, 2017
Tantaros claims Konst posted the tweet under orders from Fox News public relations exec Irena Briganti, according to the complaint. Andrea says Nomiki is doing FNC’s bidding because she’s angling for a more prominent gig on Fox News.
Tantaros alleges Konst and Briganti had conspired to make her look bad after they learned that she was about to file yet another lawsuit against Fox News.
In her third lawsuit (filed on April 24), Tantaros claims Fox News told FNC contributor Peter A. Snyder and his investment firm Disruptor Inc to launch a social media campaign to attack her after she sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment last summer.
Briganti denied Tantaros’ allegations. “I had nothing whatsoever to do with Ms. Konst’s decision to publish a tweet about her views on Bill O’Reilly, in which she mentioned Andrea Tantaros,” she told LawNewz. “I have never even met or spoken with Ms. Konst.”
Similarly, Pete Snyder denied Tantaros’ allegations and called them a “sham” and a shakedown: “The allegations about Mr. Snyder are false, and included for no other purpose than to try to pressure him into a settlement, as the pleading admits. It’s a sham and a shakedown, which we won’t fall for.”
In her latest lawsuit, Andrea Tantaros is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Nomiki Konst and Irena Briganti.
The same people cheering Bill O'Reilly being fired are happy to pay rapist Bill Clinton $100K for a speech. Confusing.
— Brandon Groeny (@brandongroeny) April 19, 2017
I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016