Saturday, June 30, 2001

NKU professor sues Fox News


He says Web article was libelous

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        COVINGTON — Northern Kentucky University professor Clinton G. Hewan has received death threats because of a headline Fox News Network placed on its Web site, his lawyer says.

        Cincinnati attorney Marc Mezibov filed suit for Mr. Hewan against Fox News Network in U.S. District Court in Covington. It seeks damages exceeding $75,000.

        The suit claims Fox libeled and defamed Mr. Hewan, an associate political science professor, when it published a story on its Web site with the headline “Prof's Kill-a-Cop Comments Provoke Outcry at College Near Cincinnati.”

        The suit says a story in NKU's student newspaper, The Northerner, attributed a statement to Mr. Hewan that “the family (of police-shooting victim Timothy Thomas) should go out and get that policeman.”

        The suit says the story led with the statement that Mr. Hewan's comments were a “call for deadly vigilante justice” and that he “made the remarks” at the forum.

        The suit claims the article was printed despite statements from Mr. Hewan that remarks at the forum had been “misinterpreted” and “taken out of context.”'

       



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