Judge Throws Out Lindsay Lohan’s Defamation Case Against Fox News

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's defamation case against Fox News was shut down on Friday, Sept. 18, when a judge said, "truth is a defense." David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

She couldn’t handle the truth! Lindsay Lohan’s defamation case against Fox News hit a wall on Friday, Sept. 18, when a judge called the actress out for her claims that the news network had tarnished her reputation — and subsequently threw the case out.

In February, Lindsay, 29, and her mom Dina filed a lawsuit against Fox News, talk show host Sean Hannity, and TV personality Michelle Fields for comments made in February 2014 regarding the mother-daughter pair’s drug use.

According to their filing, Fields “falsely, inappropriately, and shockingly stated, unequivocally and as a ‘matter of fact’ that ‘Lindsay Lohan’s mother is doing cocaine with her,'” Lohan’s attorney Mark Jay Heller told Us Weekly in a statement at the time.

On Friday, however, the judge put an end to the ongoing court case, stating at one point that “truth is a defense,” according to TMZ.

The judge also pointed to the fact that Dina, 53, is a public figure, and that the statements on the talk show were not made maliciously (two important points that help determine whether or not something is legally considered defamation).

There are also audio tapes that have Lindsay making a frantic call to her father, Michael Lohan, from the back of a limo, saying, “Mom’s on cocaine.”

Fox News formally apologized for the “oversight” in airing the talk show segment back in February, calling Fields’ comment a “claim [they] cannot verify,” but told Us Weekly that they would “defend this case to the fullest.”

“The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complained was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago,” a representative for the network told Us. “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.”

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