Defamation lawsuit filed against QAnon GOP primary winner, stepmother of officer involved in Rayshard Brooks killing

Defamation lawsuit filed against QAnon GOP primary winner, stepmother of officer involved in Rayshard Brooks killing
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Equity Prime Mortgage (EPM) filed a defamation lawsuit against the campaign of GOP congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene and Melissa Rolfe, the stepmother of Garrett Rolfe, the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks. 

EPM fired Melissa Rolfe, who was their human resources director, on June 18 after she “violated company policy and created an uncomfortable working environment” for other employees, the company said. According to the lawsuit, this involved making racist and sexual comments to other employees.  

But Greene, who won the Georgia GOP primary on Tuesday, tweeted last month that Rolfe was fired because EPM “caved to the mob and wrongfully fired her.” Greene herself has made incendiary comments about Black people and Muslims and believes in the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE and his allies are working together to expose and arrest an underground cabal of global elites who control the government and run sex trafficking ring.

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In both shows Rolfe denied having any complaints against her during her time at EPM, which the company denies.

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“Less than a month after she had been hired by [EPM], on March 19, 2020, Rolfe was reprimanded because she had made inappropriate jokes via text message about conducting rectal temperature checks in the office,” the suit, filed in a Georgia state court, alleges. 

There were at least two more complaints and an internal investigation between then and the time she was fired, the complaint alleges. A meeting about the complaints allegedly took place on June 11, a day before Garrett Rolfe fatally shot Brooks on June 12.  

According to EPM, Melissa Rolfe's and Greene's accusations lead to a firestorm of death threats and hate mail, so much so that the company’s website was rendered inoperable because of the amount of negative traffic. 

“We were targeted with death threats, hate mail, and a boycott because of a national media firestorm based on statements by Marjorie Greene's campaign and Melissa Rolfe,” EPM CEO Eddy Perez said in a statement to The Hill. “We are committed to setting the record straight and defending our good name."

EPM claims that Melissa Rolfe is seeking to "extract money from [EPM] for firing her and wanted to fraudulently obtain monetary donations," noting there is a GoFundMe page set up for her "predicated on the falsehood that she was terminated" for being associated with a police officer. 

"Defendants knew that their smear campaign was based on a lie, but they intentionally disregarded the truth to capitalize on national attention related to Rayshard Brooks’s death," the complaint reads.

The Hill has reached out the Green campaign and Rolfe for comment.