Conservative commentator and podcaster Candace Owens appears to have been fully vindicated after winning a major lawsuit this week.
Owens was sued for defamation by Kim Klacik, a 2020 GOP candidate for Congress from Baltimore, after she made a number of allegations against Klacik ahead of her unsuccessful bid.
“Klacik, who first made headlines in 2020 while running for a Baltimore-area House seat with a viral video of her walking through the city’s slums, sued Owens in 2021 after Owens said she committed campaign fraud and money laundering, took drugs, and had worked at a strip club,” The Daily Wire, which features Owens’ podcast, reported Thursday.
“The $20 million suit, filed in Davidson County, Tennessee, had been working its way toward a hearing on Owens’ motion for dismissal when Klacik did an about-face and stipulated to an agreement ending her case which was then signed off on by the judge and reviewed by The Daily Wire,” the outlet continued.
Owens made her allegations during a June 22, 2021 Instagram video in which she warned conservatives that Klacik was not trustworthy.
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Klacik then sued, claiming that Owens’ allegations cost her a book deal and other lucrative opportunities.
Conservative Brief noted further:
In her video, Owens also alleged that a Klacik-established charity called Potential Me, which ostensibly she founded to assist women in finding employment, was really just a scam while also accusing the GOP candidate of abusing campaign funds during her 2020 congressional run, which was unsuccessful.
The two were at odds again on social media earlier this year after Klacik said on Twitter the judge hearing the case ruled in her favor after Owens filed a motion to dismiss the case. She vowed at the time to continue fighting to clear her name, but Owens responded, saying that no such court hearing had even occurred.
“This level of lying is actually incomprehensible to me,” Owens noted on Instagram. “You realize that Kim Klacik is lying now on a judge that is currently presiding over a case. How does that person possess the audacity to disrespect a judge and to do so in public?”