Lindsay Lohan Sues Fox News Over Cocaine Claim

Mom Dina gets in on defamation lawsuit, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2015 10:41 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Lindsay Lohan performs a scene from the play, Speed the Plow, during a photocall at the Playhouse Theatre in central London.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – It took a while, but Lindsay Lohan and mom Dina are suing Fox News over a comment made on Sean Hannity's show nearly a year ago. On Feb. 4, 2014, two days after Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, commentator Michelle Fields apparently accused Lindsay and Dina of "doing cocaine" together, Reuters reports. Yesterday, the two Lohans sued the network, Hannity, and Fields for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Fields made the comment during a discussion of celebrities whose deaths were linked to substance abuse (the New York Daily News notes that the segment was called "Early Train Wrecks and Tragedy About to Happen"), and in their lawsuit, the Lohans said it was "totally irresponsible and malicious" to suggest LiLo could soon be a member of that group.

The lawsuit was filed just before the one-year statute of limitations ran out, and a lawyer for the family notes that no one ever apologized or issued a retraction for the comment. "People should be able to feel that if they hear something on TV or read something in the media, it should be truthful," he says. "Lindsay Lohan is on the way toward restoring her career and getting back on track, and something like this can be very fragile and hurtful to her." However, TMZ has letters from Fox News to a Lohan lawyer from a year ago informing the family that an apology was, in fact, made on air, and offering to send the Lohans a DVD of said apology.

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