Katie Couric is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a Virginia gun rights organization whose members were deceptively portrayed in the former celebrity anchor’s controversial documentary Under The Gun.
The Virginia Citizens Defense League filed suit in federal court on Tuesday, and is seeking $12 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, for defamation related to the “intentionally manipulated and misleading footage” of the group’s members that was presented in the documentary, according to court documents.
In addition to Couric, the film’s director, Stephanie Soechtig, is also named in the suit, as is Atlas Films, the production company owned by two of Couric’s rich friends from New York’s ultra-exclusive Hamptons region.
Couric had previously offered a half-hearted apology for documentary’s “misleading” editing, taking “responsibility” but also laying most of the blame of the director, Soechtig. Couric also rebuffed demands to remove the controversial scene from the film.
The Yahoo News “global news anchor” should have little to fear from a financial perspective. Couric reportedly earns $10 million at her current gig. Prior to that, her annual salary at CBS was reportedly in the $15 million range.
Couric recently purchased a $12 million condo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She also owns a vacation home in the Hamptons that she purchased for $6.3 million in 2006, and is presumably worth far more now.
Still, it would be a shame if she had to give up a portion of her glitzy lifestyle simply to defend herself against charges that she made some gun-owners in Virginia look like idiots. Rich lives matter, too, people.
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