A Russian aluminum magnate is suing the Associated Press for libel over its reporting on his relationship with former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Politico reported.
Oleg Deripaska's lawyers filed the suit in federal court in Washington on Monday, claiming that the CEO of the Russian firm RUSAL was defamed by a story from March concerning business ties between himself and Manafort.
According to Deripaska, the story was false because it implied that Deripaska had been paying Manafort to advance the goals of the Russian government in the U.S.
Deripaska also claims that the story is also libelous because it implies the payments and contact with Manafort were intertwined with the Trump campaign.
"The Article is structured to imply falsely that Mr. Deripaska’s commercial dealings from the period between 2005 and 2009 were somehow related to alleged criminal conduct and improprieties related to the campaign of then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election," Deripaska's suit says.
The Associated Press, however, is not backing down, according to AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser, who said, "The Associated Press stands by its story. We will defend the lawsuit vigorously."
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