California's congressman Devin Nunes claims a $ 150 million media company and says it is involved in "character killings" with a 2018 story linking him to a yacht where prostitution was allegedly taking place.
A lawyer for the Central Republican Republic filed the case against The McClatchy Co. and others in a Virginia court on Monday.
Nunes said in his complaint that McClatchy interacted to spread false and malicious information and quoted a 2018 report from The Fresno Bee newspaper in Fresno, California.
The report produced a 2016 trial filed by an employee of a winery where Nunes has a partnership. The winery's charitable arm offered an excursion, which the employee claimed involved cocaine use and prostitution.
The news report did not claim that Nunes was on a yacht or that he was involved in the event.
The lawsuit case Nunes was not on the yacht.
Nunes has been in a constant sweep of The Fresno Bee. Before last year's election, he sent out a thick mailer who calls the newspaper a "propaganda machine".
"In the article after the article, McClatchy and its journalists exhibited institutional hatred for Nunes, despite the bad will and intent to hurt Nunes and regret his character," the complaint says.
McClatchy spokeswoman Jeanne Segal said Nunes' trial is "without profit" and that it stands by the reporting of The Fresno Bee. The company is headquartered in Sacramento, California.
"The summit represents a basic attack on local journalism and a free press," she said in a statement issued Tuesday. "At a time when local journalism is facing more urgent and urgent challenges, the trial is an unproductive distraction and an abuse of the justice system."
Steven Biss, a lawyer Charlottesville, Virginia, who filed a 43-page complaint, did not respond to phone and email requests for comment. Nune's Congress Office did not respond promptly to requests for emails sent by email and phone.
The congressman is faced with steep odds of overcoming the trial, said Boston-based lawyer Jeff Robbins, who was appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.
Nunes must prove that the bee made a false statement about him "knowing that it was false or inconsiderate disregard for whether it was true or false," Robbins said in an interview. 1
Last month, Nunes sued Twitter and some of its users for over $ 250 million and accused them of slander. The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, "Devin Nunes & # 39; Mom" and "Devin Nunes & # 39; Cow."