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Politics MyPillow CEO flees pro-Trump event after losing bid to stop $1.2B suit

08:40  27 september  2021
08:40  27 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was seen fleeing the stage at his own event on Wednesday, moments after losing his bid to stop a $1.3 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over conspiracy theories the 2020 election was rigged against Donald Trump.

Lindell is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota hosting a 72-hour marathon cyber symposium where he is attempting to prove his baseless election fraud claims.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols handed down an opinion Tuesday, the second day of Lindell's event, rejecting his request to have the voting machine company's lawsuit dismissed.

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Lindell Michael in a blue shirt: Mike Lindell, owner of MyPillow, has been spreading baseless conspiracy theories about the election ever since Donald Trump lost © Provided by Daily Mail Mike Lindell, owner of MyPillow, has been spreading baseless conspiracy theories about the election ever since Donald Trump lost

He and former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell are being sued by Dominion for allegedly defamatory statements they knowingly pushed claiming the company's voting machines were rigged in favor of Joe Biden.

Earlier in his symposium Lindell vowed he would not get off stage for the full duration of the event.

'There's no breaks!' he yelled in a video clip of the event posted by a Daily Beast journalist on Twitter. 'This never stops. You guys can go eat that's fine but I ain't eating. I'm staying up here for 72 hours before they ruin our signal!'

But later that evening, moments after Nichols' rejection came down, Lindell can be seen jogging off the stage in the middle of one of his invited 'expert's' speeches.

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After a few minutes of silence Lindell can be seen returning to a dark stage with the event's title card projected behind him, according to a stream posted by Rumble user The Pete Santilli Show.

'Hello everybody, hello. It's been - we've got a panel coming up here but we had some - I had to get off stage,' a slightly shaken Lindell tells a cheering audience. 'Things, ah - this could be the hardest couple of weeks I've had this year, and that's saying a lot.'

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He then goes on to outline his baseless theories about Dominion.

Dominion filed lawsuits against the three Trump allies in January and February of 2021.

In its filing against Lindell, the voting machine company claims he 'sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows.'

The US legal standard for defamation claims against public figures is high - plaintiffs must demonstrate that misleading statements were made with 'actual malice' or reckless disregard for the truth.

But in his 44-page ruling Nichols, a Trump appointee, found that Dominion's allegations against both Lindell and Powell that they may know or suspect their claims were false but continued to make them hold up.

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'As a preliminary matter, a reasonable juror could conclude that the existence of a vast international conspiracy that is ignored by the government but proven by a spreadsheet on an internet blog is so inherently improbable that only a reckless man would believe it,' Nichols said of Lindell.

Donald Trump, Lindell Michael are posing for a picture: Lindell has been a big supporter of Trump and used promo codes like 'FightForTrump' to sell his pillows (pictured March 2020) © Provided by Daily Mail Lindell has been a big supporter of Trump and used promo codes like 'FightForTrump' to sell his pillows (pictured March 2020)

Since the election Lindell has been claiming that Chinese hackers infiltrated the voting machines - which the company says are not connected to the internet - and switched votes from Trump to Biden.

The Dominion lawsuit claims Lindell used those claims in a 'defamatory marketing campaign' that boosted his sales and 'continues duping people into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases.'

It cites sales promotion codes like 'FightForTrump', 'Proof', '45' and 'QAnon.'

Giuliani's claims that Dominion failed to provide sufficient detail to warrant a hefty $1.3 billion in damages, among other reasons to dismiss, were also rejected.

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