Kimberly Klacik owes Candace Owens $115,000 for failed lawsuit
conservative activist Candace Owens has engaged in a battle of pro-donald trump Influencers who secured $115,000 against a failed political candidate who filed a defamation lawsuit over tweets calling her a “madame” and a money launderer.
“In summary, this case ended in a complete and complete victory for Ms. Owens, as we promised all along,” Owens’ attorney said Daniel Hoerwitz Law&Crime said in an email. “Hopefully this landmark victory will also deter other politicians from filing baseless SLAPP lawsuits in the future.”
Short for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, they are SLAPP actions aimed at enforcing freedom of expression and the judgement Owens Landing falls under Tennessee’s anti-SLAPP law. Horwitz claims it is a “record” award of its kind in the Volunteer State.
“I will also mention that whatever anyone thinks of the personalities involved, this is a huge win for press freedom,” Horwitz added. “People – especially reporters, the media and media personalities – shouldn’t have to fear being sued for criticizing politicians or asking questions. Anti-SLAPP laws like Tennessee’s are critical to protecting that freedom, and they work. Anti-SLAPP protections should also be extended so that a person’s freedom to criticize a politician does not relate to something as arbitrary as where they live or where they were sued.”
According to Horwitz’ testimony, his client Owens and the woman who sued them — Kimberly Klacik – are polarizing figures. Owens has barred the public from receiving COVID-19 vaccines and has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. She and Klacik shared fiercely pro-Trump politics and, as black women, have often inflammatoryly criticized racial justice activists. Klacik personally won Trump’s endorsement by addressing the late civil rights luminary, Rep. Elijah Cummingsby circulating a video of what she portrayed as his Maryland borough’s seedy neighborhoods, with the message, “Black lives don’t matter to Democrats.” (Cummings, as a federal legislature, had no direct authority over the maintenance of Baltimore’s streets.)
Democrats don’t want you to see that.
They’re afraid I’ll show what life is like in Democrat-ruled cities.
That’s why I’m running for Congress
Because all black lives matter
And black people don’t have to vote Democrats
Help us win https://t.co/CSOjc9aQlS pic.twitter.com/XnEDTaDDIG
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 17, 2020
Despite sharing political ideologies and similar reputations, Owens and Klacik’s personal relationship fell apart in a lawsuit dubbed a “minor Twitter feud.”
2021 President Joe Biden declared June 16 a federal holiday, even though Trump once officially that supports, Owens and Klacik were opposed to his successor doing it. Taking advantage of the eve of the holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, Owens mused on Twitter: “Sometimes I wonder when (if ever) Black America will wake up to psychological warfare and ongoing brainwashing to believe that everything is racist.” is.”
I sometimes wonder when (if ever) Black America will wake up to the psychological warfare and constant brainwashing to believe that everything is racist.
For example, if China starts talking about Black Lives Matter, why isn’t it obvious that we are political pawns? #JunTeenth2021
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 18, 2021
Klacik claims that the trouble started after she fired back: “Believe it or not, many in ‘black America’ are acutely aware that the struggle is more about class [than] Racism. Unfortunately, the loudest mouths with the biggest platforms make up the majority. This might shock you given your lack of commitment to black people.”
About four days later, Klacik said, Owens released “a live video” to her millions of followers on Facebook and Instagram, alleging that her now-dismissed lawsuit was defamatory. Klacik claimed the video falsely accused her of tax fraud, campaign fraud, money laundering, illegal drug use and playing the role of “madame.” Owens claimed that the use of the word “madame” referred to Klacik seeking other girls to work in a club, not sex work or prostitution.
Ahead of a scheduled hearing, Klacik determined that the anti-SLAPP should be granted under the final order closing the case.
Klacik’s attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
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