Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp and co-chairman of 21st Century Fox, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort for the Allen & Company Sun Valley annual conference on July 10, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
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Rupert Murdoch will be removed from office on Tuesday as part of the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit filed against Fox Corp. by voting technology company Smartmatic, a source familiar with the matter told CNBC.
Murdoch is expected to be questioned in Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the source.
It is the second time this year that Murdoch, 92, has been ousted in a high-stakes defamation lawsuit accusing Fox News of spreading damaging lies about the 2020 US presidential election.
Murdoch officially resigned as chairman of Fox and News Corp. earlier this month, leaving his son Lachlan in charge of both. Murdoch’s father is now chairman emeritus of the companies.
Under questioning in January as part of a similar defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, Murdoch admitted that some Fox News hosts and personalities “endorsed” the false narrative that the election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump.
Fox paid $787.5 million to settle Dominion’s lawsuit, nearly half the $1.6 billion figure initially demanded by the voting company.
Fox spokesman Brian Nick declined CNBC’s request to comment on Murdoch’s latest statement.
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