Republican consultant, Cheri Jacobus never hesitates to slam GOP frontrunner, Donald J. Trump. And yet she filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against him today. Jacobus is accusing the billionaire and his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of making false statements that harmed her professionally and personally.
Jacobus accused Trump and Lewandowski of libeling her by depicting her as a disappointed job-seeker who turned on Mr. Trump after he declined to hire her.
During two appearances on CNN, Jacobus heavily criticized Donald Trump. In response, Trump went to Twitter and referenced her as “a real dummy” who had “begged my people for a job.” Corey Lewandowski more or less repeated the same thing during an TV interview.
Ms. Jacobus claims those accusations were false and caused “enormous damage to her career and reputation, significant emotional distress” and held her up to “public ridicule.”
According to the lawsuit, Jacobus claims, “The attacks by Trump’s followers were laced with sexual degradation and pornographic vulgarity.” It says of Ms. Jacobus, “She was depicted in numerous graphic illustrations as an appropriate victim for rape and sexual assault.”
Jay R. Butterman, a lawyer for Ms. Jacobus, acknowledged in an email that “libel suits are generally difficult to prove,” but insisted that “in this matter it is indisputable that the statements of Trump and his agents which are the subject of this lawsuit are defamatory.”
The lawsuit seeks at least $4 million in damages from Mr. Trump, Mr. Lewandowski and the Trump presidential campaign.
The legal filing from Ms. Jacobus also offers a window into the early days of the Trump campaign. It details a series of interactions with the Trump operation late last spring, including the following excerpt: “Lewandowski took from his desk drawer a printed copy of an email from Ailes to Trump in which Ailes communicated to Trump that Trump should let him know what FOX could do to help.”
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