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Lauren Boebert settles lawsuit over her past alleged sex work & abortions

Mar 20, 2024; Washington, D.C.; Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) looks on during a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing
Mar 20, 2024; Washington, D.C.; Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) looks on during a House Committee on Oversight and Accountability hearing Photo: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

David Wheeler, president of the Democrat super political action committee (Super PAC) American Muckraker, announced in a press release that his defamation lawsuit against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has been settled.

“The Honorable Kathryn A. Starnella, Magistrate Judge in Federal District Court in Denver, stated in her written opinion that Boebert defamed me five times,” American Muckracker wrote. “In addition, Judge Starnella agreed with me that our donors should never have been threatened with being sued by Boebert. We were victorious in this case and I’m thankful to all our donors and supporters and their steadfast backing.”

Colorado Newsline reported that Wheeler did not disclose the terms of the lawsuit, referring to them as “confidential.”

Wheeler had accused Boebert of making several malicious false statements about the organization back in 2022, after a controversy erupted following American Muckracker’s creation of a website that allegedly made erroneous claims about her. Wheeler admitted to CNN that the website made incorrect statements about Boebert, although he defended the website’s main allegations against her.

Boebert accused Wheeler of “sloppy, reckless, and wildly irresponsible actions.” She also threatened legal action against the Super PAC, however, she never did so. Wheeler claimed that, by accusing the site’s main allegations of being fraudulent, Boebert had defamed the group and caused it to lose 92% of its donations afterward.

Boebert tried to have the lawsuit thrown out, but Judge Starnella refused to do so, claiming that her claims were too severe. Starnella’s ruling said that Boebert’s threats to sue the Super PAC’s sponsors and donors were unprotected by state law because “they were neither made in good faith nor in serious contemplation of litigation.”

Wheeler alleged that Boebert had engaged in sex work, had multiple abortions, and had used illegal drugs — all things she has campaigned against during her time in Congress. Wheeler called for Boebert to be stripped of her guns for her drug usage. CNN pointed out that Boebert hadn’t seemed to have had an abortion when Wheeler said she had. The news network also found no proof that she had ever worked as an escort on a “sugar daddy” website.

Boebert called Wheeler’s claims “completely baseless and disgusting.” Wheeler admitted that his group had made “sloppy” “inaccuracies” in its publishing. Boebert proposed the settlement, and Wheeler agreed to the terms.

“Nothing in the settlement agreement prevents him from further reporting … on Boebert,” said Dan Ernst, Wheeler’s attorney.

LGBTQ Nation reached out to Dave Wheeler and Rep. Boebert for comment, but neither replied before this article’s time of publication. This article will be updated if either responds.

Boebert recently won a Republican primary race to become the Republican general election candidate in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District. 

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