Lindsay Lohan and her mother Dina are suing Fox News, Sean Hannity and Michelle Fields for defamation based on a comment Fields made on Hannity's show last February.
In a segment on Hannity—a few days after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death—called "Early Train Wrecks and Tragedy About to Happen," commentator Michelle Fields said that Dina Lohan was "doing cocaine" with Lindsay. According to papers filed Monday in the Manhattan Supreme Court (as condensed by New York Daily News):
"...Fields made the false, defamatory, heartless, derogatory comment in the context of the show's topic... (It) was a direct smear on the character/reputation of (the Lohans) ... (and it) was a totally irresponsible and malicious innuendo ... (that) Lindsay Lohan might become the next celebrity to join the obituary list."
The Daily News points out that "the comment came 18 months after Lohan's father released a secretly recorded tape in October 2012 of his sobbing daughter describing how her mother seems out of control and on drugs, specifically cocaine"; LiLo later said she had lied.
The mother-daughter duo are seeking unspecified damages, and are demanding that the segment be permanently removed from Hannity's website. Fox News has said in a statement:
"We will defend this case to the fullest. The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago. We removed the segment from our archives altogether last February and also apologized on-air. At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now."
Fox News vs. the Lohans? Truly one of life's more impossible choices.
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