A Democrat super PAC faces a defamation lawsuit from a Republican Congresswoman they accused of working as a prostitute.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado plans to sue “Muckracker PAC” for claiming, without evidence, she once worked as an “unlicensed paid escort” who “had two abortions.”
The group further accused Texas Senator Ted Cruz of paying Boebert for sex during a Koch-sponsored event in Colorado.
They provided no evidence for any of the outlandish claims, whose sole source appears to be anonymous text messages from a random person. Fox News reports the text exchanges make it appear the “source” was led by Muckracker PAC into making the false claims.
The photograph of a scantily-clad woman Muckraker claims is Boebert working as a prostitute are of a different woman, Melissa Carone, who became nationally famous in 2020 after testifying that she witnessed voter fraud in Michigan.
“Partisan organizations putting out blatantly false and disgusting accusations won’t stop me from advancing freedom and conservative values,” Boebert tells Fox News in a statement. “This group’s vile conduct demonstrates why people are fed up with politics. I am not going to stand by and pretend this is normal behavior.”
The group previously released video of a nude North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn in bed with a male cousin. They offered no evidence backing up the outlandish claim against Boebert.
Making obviously false claims, but attributing them to a text message from an anonymous person, appears to be an attempt to influence an election using a loophole in defamation law.
While it’s generally illegal to knowingly make false claims about a person, it is harder for public figures to sue. Public figures can, however, win a court case if they can show the statement was known to be false and published with the intent to cause harm.
“We have irrefutable evidence that each one of these statements is patently false. You knew this though,” Boebert’s attorney Jonathan Anderson tells Fox News. “Muckrakers published these outlandish statements knowing they were fabricated but you likely operated under the inaccurate assumption that publishing false statements against a public figure would not create legal liability.”
“This will be a costly miscalculation for Muckrakers, Wheeler and Muckrakers’ donors,” said Anderson.
It may also be a criminal offense.
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