Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon, freshly ousted from their top cable network positions, hired the same powerful lawyer to guide their exits.
Prominent Hollywood attorney Bryan Freedman has a track record of securing multi-million dollar settlements for TV stars and other celebrities. He is seeking $125 million in damages on behalf of former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo for wrongful termination after the network fired him in 2021, and in Megyn Kelly’s case. Got her full contract when she left NBC.
Mr. Carlson, until recently Fox’s top-rated prime-time star, and Mr. Lemon, until recently one of CNN’s morning anchors, have retained Mr. Friedman, a news that bodes well for what may be to come. fight.
Mr Friedman declined to comment.
Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Freedman co-founded the law firm of Freedman and Taitelman in 1997 with Michael Taitelman. Known as an aggressive litigator, he has hosted high-profile clients in the entertainment industry, including Quentin Tarantino, Julia Roberts, Mariah Carey, Seth Rowe Root and Gabrielle Union.
He’s represented fired TV hosts in recent years, including “Jeopardy” ex-executive producer Mike Richards and “The Bachelor”‘s Chris Harrison.
He also represented Michael Jackson’s estate in a $100 million lawsuit against the HBO documentary “Finding Neverland,” winning on appeal.
For the past 14 years, Mr. Friedman has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list of the top 100 lawyers in the entertainment industry. In 2022, he told the publication: “How do employers police themselves? What kind of due process is there?”
Court documents show that Mr. Friedman was accused of sexual assault as a college student in the 1980s and eventually settled the case for $40,000 without admitting responsibility. Insider reported the lawsuit and settlement earlier.