Michigan GOP Official Sues Giuliani’s QAnon Crony For Defamation After She Accused Him Of Taking Bribes

The Detroit Metro Times reports:

The Republican clerk of Shelby Township has sued election conspiracy theorist Mellissa Carone for defamation, saying she falsely accused him of taking several bribes and running “illegal elections.”

The lawsuit filed Friday in Macomb County Circuit Court marks the latest clash between Michigan Republicans who are turning on themselves less than three months before the general election.

Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot alleged Carone repeatedly spread false, inflammatory information about him on social media. Carone, a bombastic Donald Trump loyalist, was parodied on Saturday Night Live for her outlandish testimony as Rudy Giuliani’s “star” witness during a legislative election-fraud hearing.

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Carone is now running for Michigan lieutenant governor after having been stricken from the state House ballot in April. In December 2020, the Daily Mail reported that Carone had been sentenced to 12 months of probation in 2019 in a plea deal over an unspecified “computer crime.”