A US voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of defamation in what it called his “big lie” campaign about widespread fraud in the presidential election, court documents on Monday showed.
The Denver-based company filed an earlier lawsuit against Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, the company accused him of spreading false conspiracy theories about the election that Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.
Eric Coomer, a senior Dominion employee, also filed a defamation lawsuit against the Trump campaign, alleging that because of death threats from Trump supporters, he had been forced into hiding.
Giuliani and his attorney, Robert Costello, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Giuliani stood by his claims about the election, saying he is being criticized for “exercising my right of free speech and defending my client.” during a radio show last week.
Trump and his allies spent two months denying his election defeat and claiming without evidence that it was the result of widespread voter fraud before his supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, which left five people dead including a police officer and dozen wounded.
Dominion is seeking $1.3 billion in damages from the former New York City mayor, alleging in the lawsuit that “he and his allies manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.”
Dominion said it filed the lawsuit “to set the record straight” and to “stand up for itself, its employees, and the electoral process.”
Last week, a group of prominent lawyers asked the New York judiciary to revoke the law license of Giuliani because he made false statements in post-election lawsuits and for urging supporters of Trump to participate in “trial by combat” shortly before they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
In its lawsuit, Dominion claims that it has spent $565,000 on private security to protect its employees who are facing harassment and death threats.
“Giuliani’s statements,” the lawsuit stated, “were calculated to — and did in fact — provoke outrage and cause Dominion enormous harm.”
Dominion, founded in 2002, is a major U.S. manufacturer of voting machines, and during the 2020 elections, various Dominion machines were used in more than two dozen states.