Former Maryland Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik is suing conservative commentator Candace Owens for $20 million in damages.
Court documents say that the suit was in response to a video Owens made in June alleging that Klacik had laundered money, committed campaign fraud, used illegal drugs and was a ”madame” of a strip club.
Filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court, the suit claims that, after Owens posted the video, Klacik ”lost a book deal, had politicians cancel fundraising appearances with her and lost a contract with a ‘nationally recognized vendor,”’ according to The Baltimore Sun. The suit also states that Owens’ video said that Klacik was a stripper at a club her husband owned, that Klacik’s charity Potential Me was illegitimate and that Klacik misused campaign funds.
The Sun added that Klacik’s feud with Owens began on Twitter with a disagreement over President Joe Biden’s decision to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Klacik’s attorney, Jacob Frenkel, said in a statement that ”baseless character assassination has no place in political dialogue. The defendant chose to use her huge social media platform to attack a respected Baltimore political figure; we are using the proper forum — the power of the courts — to respond. The detail in Ms. Klacik’s lawsuit speaks for itself.”
Klacik has issued statements denying Owens’ accusations on Twitter and YouTube.