Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and reporter Juliet Huddy are being sued for defamation of character and infliction of emotional distress by Aviva Nash, who runs New York City-based Drum Cafe, alleging the Fox News personalities accused her of being a con artist who steals from U.S. taxpayers.
According to the lawsuit, the alleged defamation came July 19 on On the Record With Greta Van Susteren and July 24 on The O’Reilly Factor.
That week, Fox News banged the drums over a reportthat the inspector general for the General Services Administration was probing the agency’s $270,000 awards ceremony held in 2010, which included an expense of $21,000 for 4,000 drumsticks for attendees.
As the Fox News hosts spoke about the GSA report, drumming was shown. In Nash’s lawsuit, she provides a transcript of each show and identifies the video clip as featuring her Drum Cafe. Neither O’Reilly and Van Susteren mentioned Nash explicitly by name, and it’s unclear from the complaint whether the clip being played was meant to suggest that Nash’s business provided the drums to the GSA or whether it was just stock footage. Source: Hollywood Reporter
Here’s the video that sparked the lawsuit: