Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina Lohan, have filed a lawsuit against Fox News. According to Us Weekly, the mother and daughter duo are angry over a news segment called “Great American Panel” on Fox News that aired a year ago. During the segment, talk show host Sean Hannity and TV personality Michelle Fields were discussing reckless behavior by celebrities in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death.
That’s when Fields said Lindsay and her mother Dina Lohan had used cocaine together, and included late stars Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse in the segment, as well.
In a statement, Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer told Us Weekly about the lawsuit, and why the duo decided to sue. “During the show’s broadcast, Ms. Field [sic] inappropriately and shockingly stated, unequivocally and as a matter of fact, that ‘Lindsay Lohan’s mom is doing cocaine with her’ – which statement is false.”
Due to the lawsuit, Fox News has now publicly issued an apology to Lindsay Lohan and her mother Dina for the “oversight.” At the end of the broadcast, an anchor made a small statement about the damaging segment.
“A guest made a comment about Lindsay Lohan and her mother that we cannot verify. We apologize for this oversight.”
Off the air, the network made another statement so no one is mistaken about how they plan to handle this issue.
“The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago. We removed the segment from our archives altogether last February and also apologized on-air. At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now.”
Lindsay Lohan and Dina are asking for a retraction, and for Fox News to take down the video clip off of its website. According to the lawsuit, “Fox issued an on-air statement admitting that Fields’ comment wasn’t verified beforehand, they never took the clip down, thereby allowing it to circulate endlessly afterward.”
In the suit, which was obtained by E!, it states the comments made about the Lohans are “outrageously slanderous and defamatory.” Due to the segment aired, the Lohans “will continue to suffer severe mental and emotional distress; embarrassment and humiliation; pain and suffering; and economic loss, including loss of income, entertainment and acting contracts, present and future diminished income and economic opportunities.”