19 September 2017 4:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox News on Tuesday moved to dismiss a controversial lawsuit levying the wild allegation that employees of the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news network fabricated quotes in a now-retracted article about a murdered Democratic National Committee operative and helped spark a furious round of speculation about Fox News’ role in potentially spreading false information.

In filings made in United States District Court in the Southern District of New York, Fox News and  Ed Butowsky and Malia Zimmerman, who were involved in the matter, claim the allegations are “overloaded with sensationalistic allegations,” and suggest “his case is one in search of a viable legal theory.” Fox News also sought to move the matter to arbitration, claiming its agreement with Wheeler required disputes to be handled by mediation.

The filings are the latest twist in a case filled with outlandish charges and counterclaims.

In August, private detective Rod Wheeler filed suit alleging Fox News was working with the Trump administration »


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