Fox News accuser Andrea Tantaros allegedly took her claims against the network a step too far — at least according to a scorching response filed Wednesday to the former FNC talent and her lawyer.
The cable news giant called her allegations “an outright hoax.”
— Broadcasting & Cable (@bcbeat) May 24, 2017
In its Motion for Sanctions obtained by BizPac Review, Fox News Channel alleged that Tantaros’ claims against FNC were “outrageously and flagrantly” false and more suited as “the plot of a television drama” than they were a legal complaint.
Tantaros claimed that her telephone calls were being monitored by the cable news giant and offered as proof statements made through a Twitter account with the handle “Daniel Wayne Block,” which she alleged was “one of Defendants’ sockpuppet” accounts.
According to her complaint for damages, Block’s tweets were “designed to make it clear to Ms. Tantaros that she was being illegally surveilled.”
Contrary to those claims, however, the Block Twitter account doesn’t “operate under a fictitious identity” — Block is a real, live person, living and breathing in Gainesville, Florida, and has sole control over his account.
Fox News Channel’s motion states:
That fact could have been determined in minutes by looking at an on-line directory. Moreover, a review of other contemporaneous tweets in Mr. Block’s Twitter account— something that could have been done in a few hours—would have shown that the bunny, lion, elk and other images that Tantaros believed to be targeted at her were images and themes that Mr. Block tweeted repeatedly, including before Tantaros purportedly had the telephone conversations that she fears were monitored.
FNC went on to state that Tantaros’ counsel, Judd Burstein, failed to use due diligence in confirming her claims, in violation of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct, although he’d had the case for at least eight months before filing his complaint.
Fox News also alleged that Tantaros and her lawyer should have submitted their claims to arbitration, as per her employment contract, rather than filing a lawsuit.
In conclusion Fox News moved for:
- Court costs of litigation fees and expenses to be paid by the plaintiff and her lawyer;
- Dismissal of the complaint with prejudice
- Require Tantaros to bring any future claims related to her employment to arbitration; and,
- Refer the Burstein’s conduct to “disciplinary authorities.”
The motion was silent on Tantaros’ allegations against the late Fox News founder and former CEO Roger Ailes.
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