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GOP presidential debate host settles Trump defamation lawsuit

The lawsuit will proceed against the other media organizations.

Published: December 5, 2023 11:08am

Nexstar Media, the largest U.S. TV station holder, settled a defamation case with former President Donald Trump's media company just days before Nexstar's NewsNation is set to host the fourth Republican presidential primary debate. 

Trump Media & Technology Group Corp., the parent company of Truth Social, filed a defamation lawsuit last month against Nexstar and 19 other media organizations for stories alleging that the company had lost tens of millions of dollars. Nexstar was named in the lawsuit because its subsidiary, The Hill, reported on the purported loss.

Trump Media said Tuesday that The Hill has since retracted the article and both parties "have agreed to resolve their dispute outside of court, to both parties’ mutual satisfaction." The lawsuit against Nexstar will be dismissed, per a court filing Monday.

"All other terms of the settlement remain confidential, and the Lawsuit will proceed against all other defendants," Trump Media also said. 

NewsNation is scheduled to host the fourth GOP presidential primary debate Wednesday evening. While Trump will not join the debate, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are expected to appear. 

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