Arthur Kent sues CanWest for libel

Claims newspapers attacked him during political campaign

TORONTO -- Canadian journalist Arthur Kent, known as the "Scud Stud" for his live NBC reports during the 1991 Gulf War, on Thursday filed a libel lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court against CanWest Global Communications Corp.

Kent said the lawsuit results from a profile of him in the Calgary Herald and the National Post, both CanWest Global newspapers, that ran during a recent provincial election in Alberta. Kent ran unsuccessfully to represent a local Calgary riding.

"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 his suit.

The Canadian journalist added that the CanWest Global newspapers refused to publish a rebuttal to the newspaper column 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 brother, longtime Canadian newscaster Peter Kent, was recently elected to the House of Parliament in Ottawa to represent a north Toronto constituency.