Election fraud conspiracy theorists and pillow salesmen Mike Lindell insulted lawyers and left the room during a series of depositions surrounding a Libel lawsuit from a former voting machine company executive who accused MyPillow’s CEO of repeatedly spreading false claims about him after the 2020 presidential election.
Republished videos And Transcripts A series of statements recorded earlier this year show that Mr. Lindell lashed out at opposing counsel and insulted lawyers Dominion electoral systems‘ Eric Coomer as “evil” and “disgusting slime”.
At one point, Mr. Lindell erupted when a lawyer for Mr. Coomer referred to a customer complaint about a MyPillow product that was described as “lumpy.”
“No, these are not lumpy pillows,” complained Mr. Lindell. “If you say lumpy pillows, you’re an idiot now. Did you get this? You’re an idiot, that’s what you are.”
When his attorney told him to stop, Mr. Lindell called the opposing attorney an “ambulance chaser.”
“That’s what you are. Lumpy pillows. Kiss my ass. Put that in your book,” Mr. Lindell said.
The release of his statement followed a request by Mr. Commer’s legal team to punish Mr. Lindell for his “vulgar, threatening, loud” and “disrespectful” statements, and for his refusal to provide a “direct answer to virtually every question asked instead of choosing to do so, “shouting at Coomer’s attorney and then delivering long, meandering filibusters, each of which took up considerable time and several pages of transcript,” according to a court filing in U.S. District Court.
The attached videos and transcripts are “demonstrably worse than any attempt to describe the behavior,” Mr. Coomer’s lawyers said.
“Don’t sit down and scold me already, sir. I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Mr. Lindell told Mr. Coomer’s attorney at the beginning of one of the statements. “You’re an ambulance-chasing lawyer, so don’t start with me. I’ve got the whole day off. I’ll take as much time as you want, so let’s go. You’re not my boss. You’re just a lawyer, a frivolous lawyer. So go. Don’t start calling me names.”
During an interview in August, Mr. Lindell appeared to stand up mid-testimony to call into Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, in which he promoted his MyPillow products.
“I’m in the middle of testifying about a major attack on MyPillow and it’s disgusting,” he said.
His testimony “ended after Mr. Lindell left the witness chair during an unscheduled break, again disparaging the attorney,” according to Mr. Coomer’s lawyers, who are asking Mr. Lindell to come to Colorado for a fourth deposition.
Mr. Coomer’s first complaint accuses Mr. Lindell of calling him a “traitor” when he revived a baseless conspiracy theory that Dominion manipulated votes in the 2020 election, a false claim that has been at the heart of a series of defamation lawsuits against other personalities and right-wing media stands, including Fox News.
The network reached a historic $787 million settlement with Dominion earlier this year.
Dominion has also separately filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Mr. Lindell over his claims.
Lindell, who was instrumental in false, failed coup attempts Donald TrumpAfter his election defeat, he ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year. Last year, he was among 30 Trump allies subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating alleged attempts to unlawfully subvert the election.
Mr. Lindell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called the lawsuits against him a “disgrace” and “frivolous.”