Former legislator Trujillo accuses lobbyists of defamation in lawsuit

Carl Trujillo is seeking damages stemming from the publication and dissemination of ‘disparaging and defamatory statements.’ Courtesy photo

Former state Rep. Carl Trujillo filed a defamation and civil conspiracy lawsuit Thursday against a former lobbyist who accused him of sexual harassment before last year’s primary election — allegations that may have cost him his legislative seat.

Trujillo claims the allegations, which he continues to vehemently deny, were part of a plot to knock him out of office.

In addition to former lobbyist Laura Bonar, the lawsuit also names as defendants Animal Protection Voters, Animal Protection of New Mexico, and employees Jessica Johnson and Elizabeth Jennings. Also named is Julianna Koob, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico.

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