(trendingpoliticsnews) – A phone call from Fox News’ Chief Legal Counsel Viet Dinh has reportedly come to the forefront of Tucker Carlson’s case against the network, according to a report from the Daily Caller.
On May 3, Viet Dinh allegedly called a close associate of Carlson’s and asked to have a message relayed to the former Fox host. Dinh expressed regret over how the days and weeks following Carlson’s termination had transpired, additionally stating that the network was not behind the series of leaks showing behind the scenes footage of Carlson’s tenure at Fox.
The Daily Caller further reported that Dinh relayed that the head of Fox News PR, Irena Briganti, had been warned that she would be fired if she was caught leaking videos.
Most notably, Dinh revealed that Fox executives suspect that a member of the board of directors has been speaking to the press about Carlson without authorization.
Carlson’s lawyer, Bryan Freedman, told the Daily Caller the leaks amounted to a “smear campaign.”
“It strains credulity that, immediately after agreeing to pay almost $780 million to settle serious allegations of misconduct that a member of Fox’s Board of Directors would be engaging in an attempted smear campaign by illegally leaking information about Tucker Carlson,” Freedman said. “However, we have to trust that it is true when the Chief Legal Officer informs Tucker that he believes it to be the case.”
Carlson had previously accused the network of breaching his contract in a letter sent by his attorneys earlier this month. The letter accuses Fox of making “material representations” to Carlson that were intentionally broken, constituting fraud, Axios reported. “These actions not only breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in the Agreement, but give rise to claims for breach of contract, and intentional and negligent misrepresentation,” Carlson’s attorneys reportedly stated.