Former US president Donald Trump sued CNN on Monday, accusing the cable television news network of defamation and seeking $475 million in punitive damages.
Trump, in the lawsuit filed in a US District Court in Florida, accused CNN of waging a campaign of "libel and slander" against him because it "fears" he will run for president again in 2024.
"CNN has sought to use its massive influence – purportedly as a 'trusted' news source – to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically," Trump's lawyers said in the 29-page complaint.
"As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the Left, CNN has tried to taint the plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of 'racist,' 'Russian lackey,' 'insurrectionist,' and ultimately 'Hitler,'" the complaint said.
Trump, who requested a jury trial, had a caustic relationship with CNN and other major news outlets like The New York Times during his presidency, branding them "fake news" and repeatedly raging against them on social media.
FROM THE ARCHIVES