Rudy Giuliani's 'star' Michigan witness Melissa Carone has been slammed with a scathing cease-and-desist letter from Dominion Voting Systems

  

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Via:  sandy-2021492  •  4 weeks ago  •  13 comments

By:   jgerstein@businessinsider.com (Julie Gerstein) 11 hrs ago (MSN)

Rudy Giuliani's 'star' Michigan witness Melissa Carone has been slammed with a scathing cease-and-desist letter from Dominion Voting Systems
The letter accused Carone of falsely "pretending to have some sort of 'insider's knowledge'" after having been hired to conduct "menial tasks."

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BB10dZOw.img?h=24&w=24&m=6&q=60&o=f&l=f&f=png Rudy Giuliani's 'star' Michigan witness Melissa Carone has been slammed with a scathing cease-and-desist letter from Dominion Voting Systemse151e5.gif © JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

  • Melissa Carone, who gained notoriety as a witness for Rudy Giuliani during a Michigan election-fraud hearing early this month, has been hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Dominion Voting Systems over her comments.
  • Carone's testimony, which at times drew laughter from hearing attendees, accused the company of engaging in election fraud.
  • Video of Carone's testimony went viral and prompted a parody skit on "Saturday Night Live."
  • Carone is among nearly two dozen people and companies — including Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN — who have received cease-and-desist notifications from Dominion's lawyers over election-fraud claims.
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In early December, Melissa Carone became the subject of fascination - and a "Saturday Night Live" skit - after she appeared as a witness for Rudy Giuliani at a Michigan hearing over claims that Dominion Voting Systems' technology was used to perpetrate election fraud.

Now she's the recipient of a cease-and-desist order from the company.

Lawyers for Dominion sent Carone a strongly worded letter last week accusing the Grosse Pointe Woods mother of two of spreading lies about the company.

"You gained international infamy earlier this month as Rudy Giuliani's so-called 'star witness' who could supposedly corroborate outlandish accusations that Dominion has somehow rigged or otherwise improperly influenced the outcome of the Nov. 2020 US presidential election," the letter, which was first published by Law and Crime, said.

It continued: "We write to you now because you have positioned yourself as a prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign by pretending to have some sort of 'insider's knowledge' regarding Dominion's business activities, when in reality you were hired through a staffing agency for one day to clean glass on machines and complete other menial tasks."

The letter warned that "litigation regarding these issues is imminent."

Carone did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the cease-and-desist letter.

Carone's testimony included a litany of unfounded claims and accusations that at times bordered on the absurd. She repeatedly told state representatives running the hearing, "I know what I saw."

Carone drew laughter at times during her testimony, especially when she attempted to confront state Rep. Steven Johnson about an alleged discrepancy on the voter rolls.

"What'd you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?" she said. "I know what I saw. I know what I saw! And I signed something that said that if I'm wrong I can go to prison. Did you?"

At one point during the hearing, Giuliani could be heard "shushing" her as she told the oversight panel that she'd seen poll workers run the same ballots through voting machines "thousands of times."

The clip of her testimony went viral online and was viewed nearly 10 million times.

Dominion Voting Systems, which designed voting machines used in at least 24 states during this year's US presidential election, sent out a slew of cease-and-desist letters in recent weeks, threatening legal action against anchors at Fox, OANN, and Newsmax, among others, for making baseless claims about election fraud involving the company. Pro-Trump lawyers, including Sydney Powell and Lin Wood were also sent letters.

Anchors at Fox and Newsmax walked back some of their networks' claims on the air after receiving letters from Dominion.

In the days following her testimony, it was revealed that Carone harassed her fiance's ex-wife by sending her sex tapes. She was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal. Carone also apparently refused to quarantine after being in close contact with Giuliani directly after he tested positive for the coronavirus.


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sandy-2021492
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1  seeder  sandy-2021492    4 weeks ago

Dominion is fighting back.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    4 weeks ago

suing alt-media outlets and idiot wingnuts might be more profitable in the long run.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.1.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  devangelical @1.1    4 weeks ago
suing alt-media outlets and idiot wingnuts might be more profitable in the long run.

They likely won't get much from this nut job but those Republicans backing Giuliani are going to get their pants sued off, though no doubt nobody wants to see Giuliani with his pants down, again...

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1    4 weeks ago
Dominion is fighting back.

As they should.

"in reality you were hired through a staffing agency for one day to clean glass on machines and complete other menial tasks"

This was Republicans "star witness". You'd think they would have vetted their "star witness" better instead of embarrassing themselves with what was effectively a single day temp agency employee who is obviously insane.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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1.2.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @1.2    4 weeks ago
obviously insane.

And probably drunk, and definitely has a criminal background.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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1.2.2  evilgenius  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.2.1    4 weeks ago

Their military intelligence "expert" was a motor pool mechanic too.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2  Tessylo    4 weeks ago

Rudy tried to shush this nutcase - when one nut thinks you're a nut - you're batshit crazy,  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
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2.1  seeder  sandy-2021492  replied to  Tessylo @2    4 weeks ago

Too bad for him that he didn't recognize the crazy before bringing her along to "testify".

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1    4 weeks ago

That didn't matter.  They were so desperate to prove alleged fraud.  They probably paid her to 'testify' in the first place.

Plus it's probably very hard to distinguish nuttiness in others when you're nuttier than a fruitcake yourself.  

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3  Paula Bartholomew    4 weeks ago

I saw her testimony.  She sounded like Kate McKinnon from SNL doing a bad drunken imitation of herself.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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3.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    4 weeks ago
She sounded like Kate McKinnon from SNL doing a bad drunken imitation of herself

She looked a lot like former SNL cast member Victoria Jackson...

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Paula Bartholomew
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3.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @3.1    4 weeks ago

Both look like they did their hair with a weed whacker.

 
 
 
JBB
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4  JBB    4 weeks ago

She is full blown nuts. She probably cannot just stop.

 
 
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