WASHINGTON (CN) - Escalating a feud among conspiracy theorists, Jerome Corsi and lawyer Larry Klayman brought a federal defamation complaint late Thursday against Alex Jones and his Infowars website.
Though not himself indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Corsi is named as "person 1" in the indictment of Roger Stone, making him a likely witness to the alleged crimes committed by the longtime confidant of President Donald Trump.
Stone is not a party to Thursday’s suit meanwhile, but Corsi and Klayman claim that Infowars has given Stone a platform to “improperly influence the Mueller investigation.”
Among other things, Corsi accuses Jones of having published defamatory statements about him, including that he "seemed to be extremely mentally degraded to the point of what I would call dementia."
Jones allegedly made that remark in Oct. 26 video, going on to say that he saw Corsi on the ground at a steakhouse, and that Corsi's security team "thought he was dead in the elevator."
Corsi claims that Stone also falsely accused him on an Infowars video of being willing to falsely testify against him "and help the deep state bury" him.
In the same video, the complaint says Stone "maliciously" said that Klayman had never won a court victory and that Judicial Watch - a conservative watchdog Klayman founded - ousted him over a sexual harassment complaint.
Among other insults Stone hurled at Klayman in a Jan. 18, 2019, video, he said: "he's ... incompetent, he's a numbskull, he's an idiot, he's an egomaniac, and he could be the single worst lawyer in America."
With Klayman representing him, "Corsi may get the electric chair,” Stone said.
In addition to defamation, Corsi and Klayman say the false statements have brought economic harm upon them as competitors in a right-wing media market, diverting "financial support and sales" away from them to Jones and Infowars.
Corsi and Klayman also named Alex Jones' father, David Jones, and Infowars host Owen Shroyer as defendants.
When reached for comment, Klayman said only that "the complaint speaks for itself."
Robert Barnes, an attorney for Jones, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Corsi filed a separate lawsuit against Stone for defamation last month. Klayman is representing him in both cases.
Stone has pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to Congress, obstructed justice and tampered with witnesses. Mueller is apparently investigating whether Corsi connected Stone with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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