Kimberly Klacik Files $20M Defamation Lawsuit Against Candace Owens

By: Alyssa Wilson

Kimberly Klacik, a former Maryland GOP congressional candidate, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Candace Owens, a conservative commentator.  

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According to The Hill, Klacik is seeking $20 million for defamation after saying Owens made false allegations that cost numerous opportunities. Klacik’s legal team alleges Owens accused her of fraud, money laundering, drug use, being a stripper and being a “madame” for a strip club allegedly owned by Klacik’s husband.  

According to The Baltimore Sun, after Owens’ comments, Klacik lost a book deal and politicians pulled out of fundraising events with her. 

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“Baseless character assassination has no place in political dialogue,” said Jacob Frenkel, an attorney representing Klacik. “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.”  


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The lawsuit was filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court and points to an Instagram video Owens posted on June 22. During the 44-minute clip, Owens said Klacik’s charity Potential Me was illegitimate and that the former GOP candidate was a stripper at a club owned by her husband, The Baltimore Sun reported.  

The conflict between Klacik and Owens began in June after a debate over Juneteenth, according to The Hill. Klacik became well known after appearing in a viral video bashing Democrats in Baltimore, saying, “Black people don’t have to vote Democrat.”  

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