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CBS Secures Win Over Virginia Lieutenant Governor’s Slander Suit

June 23, 2021, 3:41 PM

CBS Corp. persuaded a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to uphold its victory Wednesday against defamation claims brought by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax over the broadcaster’s 2019 news interviews with two women who accused him of sexual assault.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling dismissing the case, finding that Fairfax failed to either disprove the assault allegations outright or show that CBS aired the interviews without any effort to ensure it was broadcasting the truth.

The allegations “fall considerably short of plausibly alleging” that “CBS seriously doubted the truth of the women’s ...