Civil Legal Scandals

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Displaying 52 Scandals
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  • Matt Schlapp [CPAC Chair]
    Fondled Herschel Walker campaign staffer Carlton Huffman in the crotch without his consent and unsuccessfully tried to convince him to go back to his room while also being married and then paid Huffman $480,000 through an insurance policy to settle his sexual harassment lawsuit out of court
    27 Mar 2024
    According to victim testimony in a report from The Daily Beast
  • Kari Lake [2022 GOP AZ Gov. Nominee]
    Defamed AZ County Recorder Stephen Richer (R) by baselessly accusing him of adding over 300,000 fraudulent ballots to Maricopa County's vote count in order to steal the election from her then later admitted in court that she had no defense against his lawsuit and forfeited her right to a trial
    26 Mar 2024
    Lake asked the court to move directly to the damages phase of the trial which will determine how much Richer is owed for her defamation
  • Was found liable to pay writer E. Jean Carroll an additional $83 million -- $65 million in punitive damages and 18.3 million in reputational and emotional damages -- after he continued to repeatedly defame her long after a previous jury awarded her $5 million in defamation damages
    26 Jan 2024
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Bernie Moreno [2024 OH GOP Sen. Candidate]
    Settled 14 separate lawsuits brought by former employees who alleged he illegally withheld their overtime pay for an undisclosed amount
    17 Jan 2024
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Lied to potential investors about receiving millions of dollars in secret payments from a company to promote their new video phone on his TV show by promising them his endorsement of the product was "not for any money"
    01 Jan 2024
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former investors of the company
  • Justin Wells [Fox News Producer]
    Was sued for "violently" forcibly kissing and sexually assaulting a fellow male Fox News producer on two separate occasions even after his advances were rebuffed and for intimidating his victim in to keeping quiet by warning him not to report what happened to Fox's human resources department
    05 Dec 2023
    According to a lawsuit filed by alleged victim Andrew Delancey
  • Defrauded banks in New York by vastly overinflating the value of his assets by as much as $3.6 billion dollars in order to obtain more favorable loan terms in a scheme a judge overseeing his case described as "persistent and repeated fraud" and was ordered to pay a $355 million fine and prohibited from conducting business in New York state for three years
    26 Sep 2023
    According to a final ruling issued by the judge overseeing the case
  • Was sued for $1.36 million by his former lawyers -- one of which was a longtime friend -- for an outstanding legal bill of which he paid off only $214k since 2019
    18 Sep 2023
    According to a lawsuit filed against him by his former attorneys
  • State Rep. Fabi├ín Basabe [R-FL]
    Was sued for sexual harassment for making unwanted sexual advances on a male legislative aide and male legislative intern
    13 Sep 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the alleged victims
  • Lost a defamation lawsuit by Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and her daughter for spreading a conspiracy theory that they cast thousands of fraudulent votes for Biden after which despicable zealots made their lives a "living nightmare" with racist and sexist threats, MAGA thugs pushed their way into a family home looking for them and Ruby was forced to vacate her home for 2 months under advice from the FBI which left them both traumatized and fearful for their lives
    30 Aug 2023
    According to a federal judge who found him liable for defamation
  • Activist Ammon Bundy
    Was found liable for $52.5 million in damages for defaming a local hospital system and inciting a mob to protest outside its building
    24 Jul 2023
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Tucker Carlson [Fox News Host]
    Baselessly accused a Trump supporter on the Capitol grounds during 1/6 of being a covert government agent who was "the central figure" in inciting the insurrection which led to him receiving numerous death threats and being forced to sell his home and business and relocate to a secluded place to protect himself and his wife
    12 Jul 2023
    According to a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim
  • Agreed to pay former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg $12 million to settle a lawsuit she filed against them which accused the network of pressuring her to commit perjury in a legal deposition and of operating a hostile and discriminatory work environment
    30 Jun 2023
    According to court records first reported by The New York Times
  • State House Speaker Tim Moore [R-NC]
    Was sued for $200k by a husband who claimed he used his position to persuade his wife, who was a mid-level state government employee, to engage in a yearslong affair that included instances of group sex and led to the eventual destruction of the couple's marriage
    19 Jun 2023
    According to a $200,000 civil lawsuit filed by former Republican candidate Scott Lassiter
  • Tucker Carlson [Fox News Host]
    Was sued by Fox News for breach of contract after he debuted a show on Twitter that violated the terms of his contract with them
    07 Jun 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by Fox News
  • Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe
    Was sued by his former company Project Veritas for spending $150,000 on private cars, $10,000 on a helicopter flight and other frivolous expenses in violation of his contract
    31 May 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by Project Veritas
  • Refused to pay his staffer Noelle Dunphy $1 million in promised wages and repeatedly made excuses to avoid payment until he eventually refused to pay her outright
    16 May 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former employee Noelle Dunphy reported on by mainstream outlets
  • Was found liable to pay writer E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages for defamation and battery for "sexual abuse" at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City in 1996
    10 May 2023
    Jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation after a civil trial
  • Settled a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million for spreading false 2020 election conspiracy theories about their voting machines which caused significant defamatory damage to their company brand
    18 Apr 2023
    According to court records and public reporting by mainstream outlets
  • State Rep. Priscilla Giddings [R-ID]
    Unmasked the identity of a 19-year-old victim who was raped by a legislative ally and shared a picture of the victim when she was a minor on her Facebook page that resulted in a sustained torrent of harassment against her online and in public
    10 Mar 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the victim and reported on by NBC News
  • State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger [R-ID]
    Unmasked the identity of a 19-year-old victim who accused him of rape by including her name in a formal response to an ethics investigation against him
    10 Mar 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the victim and reported on by NBC News
  • TX Attorney General Ken Paxton [R]
    Retaliated against four staffers who reported his alleged corruption to the FBI by maligning them as "rogue employees" and fired or forced them out through other means and later spent $3.3 million in taxpayer dollars to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit which also forced him to apologize for disparaging them
    10 Feb 2023
    According to a settlement agreement reached between Paxton and the fired staffers
  • Activist Ammon Bundy
    Smeared a Boise, Idaho, hospital by falsely accusing them of kidnapping a severely malnourished baby which spurred him to put a call out to his zealot followers to protest outside the hospital and force a lockdown that resulted in hospital staff barricading the exit doors and ambulances being rerouted to other hospitals
    23 Jan 2023
    According to charging documents filed by local police
  • Project Veritas
    Was found liable for $120k in damages for violating wiretapping laws after illegally recording multiple conversations inside a Democratic political consulting group which they later "heavily edited" to deceitfully insinuate the group was involved in unscrupulous activities
    23 Sep 2022
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the firm Democracy Partners
  • Vince McMahon [Conservative Businessman]
    Secretly paid over $12 million to four women to keep them from going public with their allegations of sexual misconduct and demanded that each of them signs a nondisclosure agreement to ensure their accusations never saw the light of day
    10 Jul 2022
    According to news reports from credible media outlets
  • Daniel Snyder [NFL Owner]
    Secretly paid $1.6 million to a female Washington Commanders employee who accused him of sexual assault in order to keep her from going public with her allegations
    21 Jun 2022
    According to allegations made by the alleged victim first reported by The Washington Post
  • Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips
    Settled a workplace discrimination lawsuit for an undisclosed amount with a woman who was skipped over for a promotion as a hiring manager for a less experienced and qualified man who then promptly used his newly gotten authority to fire her
    03 Dec 2021
    According to an exclusive report by CNBC News
  • Roger Stone
    Was sued for defamation by rightwing activist Lawyer Larry Klayman after he called him a child molester
    12 Aug 2021
    According to a defamation lawsuit filed by Klayman
  • Bill O'Reilly [Host]
    Routinely accosted Fox News producer Andrea Mackris with graphic sexual conversations he initiated during all hours of the night and during work functions, unsuccessfully solicited her and a friend of hers to have group sex and tried to persuade her to have phone sex with him all after totally ignoring her repeated demands that he stop and later paid her $9 million to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit she brought against him all while being married
    13 Jul 2021
    According to a settlement agreement reached between O'Reilly and his accuser
  • Was sued for defamation by disgraced former host Ed Henry because he claimed the network and CEO Suzanne Scott publicly portrayed him as a "sex criminal" and only fired him because Ms. Scott was trying to save face after the explosive allegations against him came to light
    01 Jul 2021
    According to a civil lawsuit filed in federal court
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle [Fox News Host]
    Sexually harassed an assistant of hers so incessantly that she eventually filed a 42-page complaint against Fox News which resulted in them paying her a secret multimillion-dollar settlement
    01 Oct 2020
    According to an exclusive report by The New Yorker
  • Jason Miller [Commentator]
    Was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in owed back child support and $3,167 per month to a woman he had a baby with during an extramarital affair until the child turns 18
    15 Sep 2020
    According to a lawsuit filed by former staffer A.J. Delgado
  • Tax Collector Joel Greenberg [R-FL]
    Maliciously smeared his GOP primary opponent as being a racist child molester through defamatory posts from fake social media accounts he created
    23 Jun 2020
    According to charging documents filed by federal officials
  • Trump Campaign
    Was sued for discrimination by a staffer who alleged the campaign rescinded a job offer in the Trump White House after finding out that she was pregnant with incoming White House communications director Jason Miller's child
    24 Dec 2019
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by former staffer A.J. Delgado
  • State Rep. Nick Miccarelli [R-PA]
    Pinned down and raped a political consultant in her bed after she made it unambiguously clear to him that she was not interested in being intimate that evening and then smeared her by publicly outing her on social media
    13 Mar 2018
    The alleged victim confided in a co-worker about the assault the next morning,
  • Steve Wynn
    Coerced a manicurist who worked at one of his hotels to remove her clothing and have sex with him while also being married then secretly paid her $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit she filed against him
    27 Jan 2018
    According to an exclusive report by The wall Street Journal
  • Rep. Pat Meehan [R-PA]
    Propositioned an aide who was decades younger than him to become romantically involved and then made her life in the office so miserable after she rebuffed his advances that she quit and sued him for sexual harassment, which resulted in him secretly spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to settle while also being married
    20 Jan 2018
    Confirmed by a total of 7 office employees and acquaintances in an exclusive report by The New York Times
  • James Rosen [Reporter]
    Sexually harassed a female producer and then secretly worked with Fox News to privately settle her complaint with a deal that allowed her to extend her stay in the U.S. since she wasn't an American citizen
    10 Jan 2018
    According to interviews with former colleagues at Fox News and reported by NPR
  • Roger Ailes [CEO]
    Solicited Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky for sex during private meetings while also being married and then retaliated against her after she rebuffed his advances by denying her a promotion to host her own show and drastically reduced her on-air appearances which resulted in him and Fox News secretly paying her an undisclosed amount of money to settle a lawsuit she filed against him
    20 Dec 2017
    Ailes and Fox News secretly paid her to keep quiet
  • Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX]
    Settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a confidentiality agreement for $84,000 using a secret taxpayer funded account which kept it from the public for years
    04 Dec 2017
    According to an exclusive report by Politico
  • Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX]
    Openly talked with a male aide about "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" he had about his female communications director Lauren Greene and fired her after shortly after she filed a formal complaint and then secretly paid her $84,000 in taxpayer funds from a secretive "Office of Compliance" account after she agreed to drop a federal lawsuit she filed against him
    04 Dec 2017
    According to an exclusive report by Politico
  • Iowa Senate Republicans
    Were ordered to pay $2.2 million to a sexual harassment victim who was fired a mere seven hours after she filed a memo that accused the group of turning a blind eye to a "boys club" culture in the statehouse
    18 Jul 2017
    According to a jury verdict reached in a sexual harassment suit filed against them
  • Bill O'Reilly [Host]
    Sexually harassed Fox Business host Rebecca Diamond in such a manner that she decided to record him to have proof of his behavior which led to him and Fox News secretly paying her an undisclosed amount in order to keep her from going public with her recordings
    06 Apr 2017
    Caught on tape, O'Reilly and Fox News secretly paid her to keep quiet
  • Bill O'Reilly [Host]
    Incessantly tried to convince Fox News host Juliet Huddy to have sex with him over repeated phone calls (during which she reported it sometimes sounded like he was masturbating), tried to kiss her without her consent, invited her to visit his vacation home and once answered the door to his hotel room in his boxer shorts after he asked her to return a room key he ostensibly needed and then had Fox News secretly pay her a high six-figure settlement to quash a sexual harassment lawsuit she filed against him and the company
    10 Jan 2017
    Fox News secretly settled Huddy's lawsuit
  • State Rep. Dan Kirby [R-OK]
    Secretly paid $44,500 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former assistant that he fired after she complained about his behavior
    23 Dec 2016
    According to reports by local and state media
  • Roger Ailes [CEO]
    Solicited anchor Gretchen Carlson for sexual favors while also being married and then punished her professionally after she refused his advances in a manner so egregious that Fox News settled a lawsuit she filed for $20 million dollars
    06 Jul 2016
    According to the details of a civil settlement and public apology Fox News gave Ms. Carlson
  • Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe
    Paid $100k to settle a lawsuit brought by an employee of an NGO helping lower income families who he smeared as supporting criminal behavior through a deceptively edited secret recording leaving out the key fact he called the police on them immediately after
    08 Mar 2013
    According to the results of a civil lawsuit brought by the victim
  • Minnesota Senate GOP
    Was sued for illegally firing without cause a staffer who had an extramarital affair with the MN Senate GOP Leader and later agreed to pay $30,000 to settle the wrongful termination lawsuit he brought against the State Senate
    15 Mar 2012
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the fired staffer
  • Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe
    Paid a five-figure settlement to CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau over a disgusting failed attempt to smear her reputation by recording her aboard a boat filled with inappropriate sexualized items including sex toys
    29 Sep 2010
    According to an exclusive repor by CNN
  • State Rep. Kevin Garn [R-UT]
    Got naked with a 15-year-old girl in a hot tub when he was in his late twenties and later paid her $150,000 to keep quiet when he ran for US Congress
    12 Mar 2010
    According to the woman who went to the media to tell her story and confirmed by Garn
  • Bernie Moreno [2024 OH GOP Sen. Candidate]
    Was found liable to pay $416,000 to two former employees for unpaid overtime, damages and attorney's fees
    01 Jan 1800
    According to news reports from credible media outlets