He’s a public figure in large part because of the publicity the NBC libelous “news” program generated. If that lets NBC off the hook, the law really is an ass.
He could say he was baffled why the media was so bias towards him in every area and why they were out to lynch him when he was the victim. And how the usual suspects showed up and they, along w/the media, tried to make this into something it wasn’t. He could/should swing it around and point all the blame on the media for his life being in danger and making this into sensationalism instead of reporting the news.
I *think* he had a different lawyer at that time.