In June the conservative commentator Candace Owens live-streamed an Instagram video that may come back to haunt her.
Owens discussed Kimberly Klacik, a two-time Republican candidate for Maryland’s seventh Congressional district. Klacik went viral last year for her video of walking through the streets of Baltimore and telling voters that it didn’t have to be this way.
According to court documents from Baltimore City Circuit Court, Owens accused Klacik of multiple offenses: campaign fraud, money laundering, working as the madam of a strip club, and possessing illegal drugs for personal use.
In her lawsuit, Klacik claims to have lost a book deal after the livestream. She also alleges that politicians canceled fundraising appearances and that a “nationally recognized vendor pulled out of its contract with her.
Over the 44-minute video, Owens went into lurid detail. She alleged that Klacik was running a phony charity, misusing campaign funds, and stripping at a club owned by her own husband.
Owens first livestreamed the video on June 22. She racked up 1.6 million views on it. According to the lawsuit, she still displays the video on her profile, despite Klacik’s letters denying the allegations.
She first posted the video after a Twitter feud with Klacik. They had been arguing about President Joe Biden’s decision to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.
Owens criticized Biden for treating African Americans as “political pawns,” and then Klacik accused Owens of misrepresenting the views of her opponents. Klacik later deleted the tweet.
Previously Klacik had gained national attention during her 2020 run for Congress, in the seat once occupied by the late former Congressman Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) No Republican has ever been elected in this district, which includes much of the heavily Democratic Baltimore City.
She had run for that same seat in a special election only seven months earlier, and she lost by 48.7 points. She was criticized by her opponent for living outside the district and misspelling the word “Baltimore” in a campaign ad.
However, Klacik also made some powerful allies. She was retweeted by former President Donald Trump, and she spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Owens is known for hosting a broadcast called Candace on The Daily Wire.
Reporters from The Baltimore Sun reached out to Owens’ team, but the Sun has not received a response as of Monday.
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