Former State Rep. Trujillo sues accusers

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Former Democratic State Rep. Carl Trujillo filed a defamation and civil conspiracy lawsuit against a group of animal rights activists and Planned Parenthood lobbyists Thursday.

Trujillo, a LANL employee who represented Dist. 43, is suing Animal Protection Voters, Animal Protection New Mexico, Laura Bonar, Jessica Johnson, Elisabeth Jennings and Planned Parenthood/ACLU lobbyist, Julianna Koob, in the Bernalillo County, Second Judicial District Court.

The suit comes after the dismissal of false allegations of sexual harassment against Trujillo by a legislative panel late last year.

“While sexual harassment is a very serious matter, false allegations aimed at destroying the career and reputation of a good man and public servant cannot stand. It is also disturbing the voters in District 46 were intentionally manipulated by these false statements.” said Luke Ragsdale, the attorney representing Trujillo.

Trujillo was defeated in the primary by Andrea Romero, who was later elected to the Dist. 46 seat.