Veteran TV journalist Katie Couric and the Epix network have been sued for more than $12 million over the 2016 film “Under the Gun.” Narrated and executive produced by Couric, the film examines gun violence and gun control.
Deadline.com reports that the suit was filed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Patricia Webb and Daniel Hawes, who appear in the documentary.
The report quotes the suit saying Couric and Epix “manipulated the footage in service of an agenda: they wanted to establish that there is no basis for opposing universal background checks by fooling viewers into believing that even a panel of pro-Second Amendment advocates could not provide one.”
The defamation suit, which seeks a jury trial, was filed today in Virginia federal court against Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Epix as Studio 3 Partners LLC.
An Epix spokesperson said the claims are “completely without merit.” Couric and Soechtig, however, have reportedly previously admitted to editing the footage for dramatic effect.
The Epix spokesperson added: “Epix saw the Sundance screening and acquired the documentary at that time. The network had no role in its creation or production and should therefore not be a party to this lawsuit.”