#BlackLivesMatter Premiere Advocate DeRay McKesson Sues Fox News For Defamation

BLM's DeRay McKesson Sues Jeanine Pirro ... She Lied, Now I'm in Danger!!!

They say Pirro, host of the show "Justice" on Fox News, defamed McKesson after the lawsuit was dismissed, in "a series of outrageously false and defamatory statements about Mr. McKesson, including that he directed someone to hit the police officer in the face with a rock".

Jeanine Pirro, now the host of Fox News's "Justice with Judge Jeanine", appeared on Fox & Friends in September and alleged that McKesson, a black man, "directed" violence against a police officer, with the support of a federal judge, also a black man, appointed by President Obama.

A spokeswoman for Fox News said Wednesday that Pirro's statements are protected speech.

In response to the suit, Fox News issued a statement: "We informed Mr. McKesson's [sic] counsel that our commentary was fully protected under the First Amendment and the privilege for reports of judicial proceedings. We will defend this case vigorously", said the spokesperson.

"Given the exposure made to an audience of 1.7 million people on the nature of DeRay's work, the damage to his reputation is extremely significant", said Mckesson's attorney Matthew D. Melewski in an interview.

In an interesting sidelight, according to the complaint, when The Washington Post published an article under the headline, "On 'Fox & Friends, ' Jeanine Pirro Slanders Black Lives Matter's DeRay McKesson", Pirro told the Post: "I was quoting paragraph 17 and 19 from court documents".

After the judge had tossed out the lawsuit, Pirro attacked Mckesson on her show. A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed.

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"Judge Jeanine, I was found guilty and I didn't direct any violence".

Since Pirro's remarks, the 32-year-old says his personal safety has been compromised. She also became the first female to serve as a judge in Westchester County Court.

The case that Pirro was discussing was one filed by a cop against BLM in 2016.

U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson, who is black, was appointed by President Barack Obama.

Pirro then discussed money that was awarded to protesters who sued Baton Rouge officials after they were arrested during the same protests when the officer was injured, the complaint said. The case was filed after BLM activists and Mr. Mckesson reached a $136,000 settlement with Baton Rouge police over a different case. She claimed the ruling was motivated by politics and made by an activist judge.

The officer's case was dismissed in September by a federal judge in Louisiana who ruled McKesson couldn't be held liable for the officer's injuries and that there was no evidence that he gave specific instructions to the unidentified protester who threw the rock.

Mckesson was among 185 arrested during the protests. In fact, I was protesting the violence of the policy.

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