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Ex-Fox News producer claims impermissible coaching by Fox lawyers

Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg is claiming in a court deposition that the network's lawyers “impermissibly coached” her statements while she was being deposed as part of a defamation lawsuit against Fox and two of its hosts.

Grossberg, who worked at Fox News from 2017 to 2019, is a key witness in the defamation lawsuit brought against the network by Dominion Voting Systems, the voting technology company that was the target of false claims of fraud and manipulation during last year's presidential election.

Grossberg's deposition was taken on April 6 and the details were revealed in a court filing on Thursday. According to the filing, Grossberg said that during the deposition, Fox's lawyers “repeatedly cut off” her answers and “coached her to say certain things”.

Grossberg also said that Fox's lawyers had “prepared her” to answer questions about the false claims made about Dominion on air, even though she had no direct knowledge of the claims.

The filing also accused Fox's lawyers of trying to “minimize the extent of [Grossberg's] knowledge” about the false claims made on air.

Grossberg's deposition is part of a larger defamation suit that Dominion has brought against Fox and two of its hosts, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo, for their role in spreading false claims about the company during the election.

The suit seeks unspecified damages, and if successful, could potentially result in a large financial payout to Dominion.

Fox has denied any wrongdoing in the case.