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'Online Muck Slinger of Fake News' Sues Her Own Website

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By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 11:18 AM

An “online muck slinger of fake news” has filed a lawsuit against individuals she says were behind conservative websites that stole her identity to promote bogus news stories.

The sites had apparently been using fake news stories to drive business and used model and commercial actress Laura Hunter to create a phony online conservative persona, according to the Washington Post.

Now Hunter, a Ms. World Pageant winner, is claiming to be the victim of “fake news identity theft” and filed a lawsuit that said she is now being seen as an "online muck slinger of fake news."

The sites cited by Hunter have been discredited by Snopes as purveyors of fake news.

According to Salon, if you were to meet Hunter in person you’d likely walk away with the impression that she leans to the left when it comes to politics.

However, if you were to look her up online you’d get just the opposite impression. She appears to be an unwavering supporter of President Donald Trump and in disagreement with just about everything related to former President Barack Obama.

Numerous articles with her name attached to them suggest that Hunter, who has the face of a beauty queen, has an issue with the American mainstream media, the Clintons, and anything that’s anti-Trump, the Washington Post noted.

Hunter’s Facebook posts also imply she is pro-Trump, with posts like “The left refuses to stop with their protest and defiance” and “CNN is about to pay for their lies and defamation!” popping up on her profile feed, according to Variety.

The posts contain links to stories on the fake news sites, but the posts weren't authored by Hunter.

Hunter, who has garnered nearly a million online followers, is the victim in a fake news “vortex,” Salon noted.

“You can imagine if you’re a left-leaning person and you wake up to your friends calling you and saying, ‘Why are you a spokesman for the Conservative Daily Review?’ You’re not going to be very pleased,” said Hunter’s attorney, Marc Randazza.

Randazza said he’s never seen anything quite like this before in his time as an attorney, and says the situation is “causing real problems” for Hunter.

“They’ve stolen her identity and used it to make money for themselves,” Randazza said, per Salon.

Hunter's lawsuit names several Las Vegas men that she claims are responsible for the fake websites and phony social media pages.

She is seeking $50,000 or more in damages, claiming her reputation and image has now been ruined.

“This just isn’t right,” Hunter said, per Salon. “I felt like I had to do something about this not just for me, but for other people that this might happen to.”

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