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Former Playboy model sues Fox News, claims Tucker Carlson damaged her reputation

She is one of the women accusing President Donald Trump of sexual harassment

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A former Playboy model is suing Fox News over accusations made by Tucker Carlson on his show that she says damaged her reputation.

Karen McDougal's lawsuit says that Carlson falsely accused her of extortion over her claims that she had an extramarital affair with President Donald Trump before he became president.

The complaint cites comments Carlson made on his show on Dec. 10, 2018. McDougal says Carlson falsely reported that she had "approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn't give them money."

He also said that her behavior sounded "like a classic case of extortion."

She did receive $150,000 from Michael Cohen, who was Trump's personal attorney at the time, but denies the extortion claims from Carlson.

McDougal is suing Fox News for slander.

"Had Carlson done any investigation or responsible reporting or journalism," the lawsuit read, "he would have easily discovered that what he and FOX NEWS published about MCDOUGAL was and is demonstrably false."

Fox News said it would fight the lawsuit in a statement made to The Hill about the allegations.

"FOX News will vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims," a spokesperson said.

Here's McDougal on her accusations:

Former Playboy Model Karen McDougal Opens Up About Alleged Affair With Donald Trump | TODAY youtu.be

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