Conservative commentator Candace Owens is being sued for defamation by former Maryland GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik.
Klacik is seeking $20 million in damages over Owens making false claims against her in an Instagram video in late June. In the clip, Owens accused Klacik of tax fraud, money laundering, and campaign fraud.
She also claimed Klacik was a “madame” who found strippers to work at a nightclub owned by her husband, Jeffrey Klacik. Before filing the suit, Klacik says she reached out to Owens multiple times to remove the video to no avail.
Jacob Frenkel, the attorney representing Klacik, called Owens claims “baseless character assassination.”
“The defendant chose to use her huge social media platform to attack a respected Baltimore political figure,” Frenkel stated. Klacik’s legal team also alleges that the false accusations caused her to lose out on a book deal, media appearances, and other financial and political opportunities.
“Ms. Klacik and her family continue to be harassed daily, with Ms. Klacik specifically receiving harmful and degrading comments because of the defamatory claims made by the Defendant,” the lawsuit states.
Last year, Klacik ran for the congressional seat in Maryland, looking to fill the position previously occupied by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). Before losing to Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Klacik was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
Candace Owens slammed the lawsuit on Twitter, brushing off Klacik’s allegations.
“Kimberly Klacik is a former stripper fraud who has me blocked on EVERY social media account since I exposed her shady FEC filings. She launched an obviously frivolous lawsuit (read it) about me calling her a “madame” to distract/avoid questions about her FEC filings,” the tweet read.
Owens went on to say that, “Every person who gave to her campaign should demand answers about where her money went— particular, to “Fox & Lion LLC” as well as to “Pearl Events”—. Any journalists who wants to be taken seriously should look into her FEC filings. It’s the GOP story of the year.”
Kimberly Klacik is a former stripper fraud who has me blocked on EVERY social media account since I exposed her shady FEC filings. She launched an obviously frivolous lawsuit (read it) about me calling her a “madame” to distract/avoid questions about her FEC filings. https://t.co/ahYecEfNp4
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 25, 2021