The Fox News network is facing fraud and breach of contract allegations following its removal of former host Tucker Carlson.
According to Axios, those claims were made in a letter sent by attorney Bryan Freedman to Fox executives Viet Dinh and Irena Briganti.
Specifically, the letter asserted that the non-compete provision in Carlson's contract has been negated by "material representations" which amount to fraud.
These alleged falsehoods were said to have been made by "Rupert Murdoch himself" and displayed a "reckless disregard for the truth."
What's more, the letter went on to contend that Carlson was told by a Fox board member the company's recent settlement with Dominion Voting Systems was part of the reason for his dismissal.
Axios noted that the letter was sent prior to Carlson announcing on Tuesday that he will begin streaming a new show on Twitter.
We’re back. pic.twitter.com/sG5t9gr60O
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) May 9, 2023
"Starting soon we'll be bringing a new version of the show we've been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter," Carlson said.
"We bring some other things too, which we'll tell you about. But for now we're just grateful to be here. Free speech is the main right that you have. Without it, you have no others," he continued.
Carlson also took aim at the mainstream media, accusing it of "misleading" Americans regarding "every story that matters."
"At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie. A lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind. Facts have been withheld on purpose," he declared.
Meanwhile, Fox News has been taking a serious ratings hit since Carlson was forced out late last month, with a Los Angeles Times article reporting that its viewership fell by nearly a third since.
"Fox News Channel had none of the week’s top 10 cable programs and only three in the 20 — two editions of 'Hannity' and the first edition of 'Fox News Tonight,' the network’s replacement for 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' in the weeknight 8 p.m. time slot," it noted.
Those numbers stand in sharp contrast with the previous week when Fox News had eight of the top 20 spots and two of the top 10, both of which were episodes of "Tucker Carlson Tonight."