"Scud Stud" targets CanWest in lawsuit

Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:41am EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Canadian journalist Arthur Kent, known as the "Scud Stud" for his live NBC reports during the 1991 Gulf War, has filed a libel lawsuit against Canada's biggest media group, CanWest Global Communications Corp.

The suit, filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court, relates to a profile that ran in CanWest's Calgary Herald and National Post papers during his unsuccessful run for office in Alberta's provincial elections earlier this year. Kent represented the province's governing Progressive Conservative party.

"CanWest launched a grossly inaccurate and biased attack on my character and reputation. The article misrepresents both our team's election campaign and my career in journalism, particularly my work for the New York-based broadcast news industry," Kent alleges in the suit.

He added that the CanWest Global newspapers refused to publish a rebuttal that he submitted. Kent earlier filed a defamation action against the media company in Calgary.

In September, Kent settled a lawsuit against Universal Studios over the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," in which portions of his voice and video recordings were used in the war drama without his permission.

Arthur Kent's elder brother, longtime Canadian newscaster Peter Kent, was last month elected to the House of Parliament in Ottawa for the Conservative Party, which forms Canada's federal government.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter