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Canadian-born journalist Arthur Kent - dubbed the "Scud Stud" during his coverage of the Persian Gulf war in 1991 - has filed a libel lawsuit in the United States against a Canadian media giant.

Mr. Kent filed a statement of claim in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday against Canwest Global Communications Corp. and an Ottawa-based columnist who writes for its National Post and Calgary Herald newspapers.

Mr. Kent, a veteran television reporter who worked as a foreign correspondent for NBC from 1989 to 1992, ran as an Alberta Progressive Conservative candidate in Calgary in last spring's provincial election.

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He was defeated by Liberal incumbent Dave Taylor in the Calgary-Currie riding.

Mr. Kent alleges in the statement of claim that a Feb. 13 article written by columnist Don Martin "misrepresented" his career and reputation in broadcast news while he worked in New York and overseas. He says the article, which was critical of Mr. Kent's political campaign, appeared online and was seen all over the world, including in New York.

The statement of claim alleges the article defamed Mr. Kent and "portrayed him as an arrogant and high-handed individual who is unworthy of trust and public confidence and not fit for public office."

The allegations haven't been proved in court and no statement of defence has been filed.

The statement of claim quotes from Mr. Martin's article, including descriptions of Mr. Kent as the "Dud Scud," and "someone so self-absorbed that Kent has actually mocked the party for failing to treat him with a desired level of reverence."

The statement of claim refers to an election veteran who told Mr. Martin in the article that he had "never seen anyone who is so utterly in love with themselves."

The lawsuit asserts that the allegations in the article were false, and that the words and innuendo "injure Kent's character, credibility and reputation."

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John Douglas, vice-president of public affairs for Canwest, wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.

Mr. Kent said in an e-mail to The Canadian Press that he wasn't immediately available for an interview.

He filed a similar lawsuit against Canwest and Mr. Martin in Court of Queen's Bench in Calgary on July 15.

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