NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s National Guard service.
The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the report, says the complaint stems from “CBS’ intentional mishandling” of the aftermath of the story.
The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, also names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Inc. Chairman Sumner Redstone, and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward.
Rather is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said: “These complains are old news, and this lawsuit is without merit.
Fifty million in damage to Rather’s reputation? Pah. How about a bit of QBVII justice: A ha’ penny for Dan.
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