Dominion Voting Systems has filed a defamation suit against Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s attorney and former New York City mayor, seeking $ 1.3 billion for his alleged role in perpetuating the “big lie” on the fraud in the 2020 elections.
The lawsuit against Mr Giuliani is part of a larger effort by the voting machine systems company to push back the denied accusations by Mr. Trump and his allies, which made him a target of criticism and contempt among supporters of the former president.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia on Monday, following a similar lawsuit filed by Dominion. against Sidney Powell, the right-wing lawyer who filed a post-election dispute on behalf of Mr. Trump.
“[Mr Giuliani] and his allies fabricated and spread the “big lie” which predictably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election, “the lawsuit says.
John Poulos, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominion, alleged that Mr. Giuliani had “repeatedly repeated false statements regarding the Dominion’s voting systems on a range of media platforms.”
Mr Giuliani could not be reached for comment by phone and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from his consulting firm.
In the final months of his presidency, Mr. Trump has repeatedly and publicly attacked Dominion as he sought to overturn the results of the election, which has been accused of instigating his supporters to a deadly assault on the United States Capitol on January 6.
Dominion said he was badly damaged by the campaign.
“Dominion has been unfairly subjected to the hatred, contempt and mistrust of tens of millions of American voters, and elected officials who are Dominion’s actual and potential customers have received emails, letters and calls from their constituents. demanding that they avoid contracting with Dominion or using Dominion machines, ”he wrote in the lawsuit against Mr. Giuliani.
The company also vowed to take legal action against others who repeated claims about his role in last year’s election, and said it had not ruled out prosecuting Mr. Trump. himself.
“We are looking at everyone and the role they played in either making statements about Dominion themselves or perpetuating the false statements that were made,” said Tom Clare, counsel for the company. “So at this point we haven’t left anyone out.”
Mr Clare said another potential target of legal action could be Mike Lindell, the chief executive of pillow company MyPillow and a close ally of Mr Trump.
Mr Lindell was one of many people to receive a letter in December from the company warning him to stop repeating his false claims about the company. Last week Mr Lindell told CBS News: “I want them to pursue me. Please.”