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March 2, 2017 Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio in New York. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday dismissed former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s defamation case against Fox News Network after host Tucker Carlson accused her on his show of extorting President Donald Trump with allegations of an extramarital affair.

U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil of the Southern District of New York sided with the network in finding that Carlson’s statements were “nonactionable hyperbole,” and that the “general tenor” of his show should make it clear that he was not “stating actual facts” or accusing McDougal of a crime.

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