“We will defend this case to the fullest,” a spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday. “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.”
The complaint stems from an early 2014 segment on “Hannity,” during which the eponymous host and correspondent Michelle Fields were discussing substance abuse in Hollywood.
When the Lohans were brought up, Fields declared, “Lindsay Lohan‘s mom is doing cocaine with her.”
Fields is also listed as a defendant in the suit that calls her accusation “a direct smear on the character/reputation of Lindsay and Dina,” while also “false, defamatory, heartless [and] derogatory.”
Fox News issued an apology for the statement shortly after it was made, with “Hannity” guest host Andrea Tantaros saying, “a guest made a comment about Lindsay Lohan and her mother that we cannot verify. We apologize for this oversight.”