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Missouri governor candidate sued for defamation

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Missouri governor candidate sued for defamation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner. In a petition dated Tuesday, California venture capitalist Michael Goguen accused Brunner of defamation. The allegations against Goguen, which he denies, are an issue in the Missouri governor’s race because Goguen […]

Missouri governor candidate sued for defamation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A man accused of sexual abuse in a pending civil lawsuit is suing Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate John Brunner.

In a petition dated Tuesday, California venture capitalist Michael Goguen accused Brunner of defamation.
The allegations against Goguen, which he denies, are an issue in the Missouri governor’s race because Goguen gave $1 million to Republican candidate Eric Greitens. Brunner in a recent debate said Greitens took money from “the owner of a teenage sex slave.”

Brunner’s campaign spokesman says the lawsuit is an attempt by a donor of Greitens to distract from other issues in the race.

The other GOP candidates in the Aug. 2 primary are former U.S. Attorney and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. They’ve called on Greitens to return the money.

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