Fox News seeks gag order for producer who claims she was coerced to mislead in Dominion deposition

Maria Bartiromo interviews Rudy Giuliani in 2019
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Fox News on Monday afternoon took the unusual step of seeking a restraining order against one of its own producers, Abby Grossberg, who filed two lawsuits Monday accusing Fox News of gender discrimination and coercing her into giving misleading testimony in her deposition for Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion is suing Fox for $1.6 billion in a defamation suit, and Grossberg's work with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo is a key part of Dominion's case that Fox knowingly shared false conspiracy theories about Dominion changing election results.

Fox's request for a gag order against Grossberg, filed in New York State Supreme Court, seeks to prevent her from sharing any discussions she had with Fox lawyers before her sworn testimony in the Dominion suit. "Ms. Grossberg has threatened to disclose Fox's attorney-client privileged information and we have filed a temporary restraining order to protect our rights," a Fox spokesperson told The Daily Beast. The network told The New York Times that it "engaged an independent outside counsel to immediately investigate the concerns raised by Ms. Grossberg, which were made following a critical performance review."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.