Tucker Carlson’s lawyers have been hard at work and served Fox News a letter on Tuesday, accusing the network of fraud and breach of contract after Tucker left on April 24.
The letter claimed the noncompete clause in Carlson’s contract is now void, so he is allowed to produce his own show.
Carlson’s lawyer Bryan Freedman sent the letter to Fox officials Viet Dinh and Irena Briganti, claiming that Fox employees, including “Rupert Murdoch himself,” went back on their word to Carlson intentionally and with reckless disregard for the truth.
The letter also stated Carlson is bound to his Fox News contract until January 2025 and will still be paid by the network.
Meanwhile, The New York Times wrote an article claiming that some of Carlson’s text messages may have played a role in his dismissal. One text message in particular, in which Carlson admitted to rooting for a group of “Trump guys” to kill an Antifa kid, sent red flags to Fox News executives when it became known.
“Fox broke an agreement with Carlson not to leak his private communications to the media and not to use Carlson’s private messages ‘to take any adverse employment action against him,” the letter read. “Fox broke promises not to settle with Dominion Voting Systems ‘in a way which would indicate wrongdoing’ on the part of Carlson and not to take any actions in a settlement that would harm Carlson’s reputation.”
Carlson was featured prominently in the network’s recent legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems. It is unclear if the defamation lawsuit could have played a role in his exit.
The voting company recently settled with the network, but not before Carlson’s text messages and emails and other network personalities were named in court filings.
“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,” the letter read.
Fox News has only made one public comment pertaining Carlson; and that was to simply say the network and Carlson have agreed to part ways.
“We thank Tucker Carlson for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” Fox News stated publicly. They also added last month, that Carlson’s last program was April 21.