Lindsay Lohan and her mother, Dina, are suing Fox News after it aired an episode of Hanity, in which journalist Michelle Fields made a comment about the pair doing cocaine together, on February 4 last year.
According to a document filed on behalf of the 28-year-old Mean Girls star and her mom and obtained by E! News, they previously launched a complaint over the comments in February last year, demanding Fox write a retraction and remove the clip, as well as any related material, from its website.
However, the program only opted to issue a statement in which they admitted Michelle’s comment about the pair’s drug use wasn’t verified and failed to remove the clip which continued to circulate on the web.
The claim was made during the “Great American Panel” section of Hannity during a discussion about the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin overdose and which celebrities could potentially follow in his footsteps.
Michelle quipped: ”Lindsay’s mom is doing cocaine with her.”
The mother/daughter team are reported to be seeking compensation and punitive damages, claiming that since the comments aired they have suffered ”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.”
Lawyer David J. Hernandez and Attorney Mark Jay Heller – who officially filed the complaint – have also rendered the comments ”outrageously slanderous and defamatory” and ”false.”