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PLANET EXCLUSIVE: FULL TEXT OF CLAIRMONT’S LAWSUIT AGAINST MAZZEO

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY SEPT. 14, 2020) — THE PLANET has obtained a copy of the civil action Barry Clairmont, husband of Mayor Linda Tyer, has filed against for council president and mayoral candidate Melissa Mazzeo. We present it here in its entirety without comment, except to note that Clairmont is asking for a jury trial. THE PLANET‘s lawyer friends tell us this indicates a slim-to-none chance of an out-of-court settlement.

We will let you read this and draw your own conclusions.

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BERKSHIRE, ss.

BARRYCLAIRMONT Plaintiff,

MELISSA MAZZEO, Defendant.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

SUPERIOR COURT DEPT. OF THE TRIAL COURT

CIVIL ACTION NO.

COMPLAINT AND JURY DEMAND

i. Introduction

1. On November 5, 2019, Defendant Melissa Mazzeo failed in her bid to become Mayor of the City of Pittsfield, losing the mayoral race 52.2% to 47.8% to the incumbent, Mayor Linda Tyer. Rather than be gracious in defeat, Ms. Mazzeo lashed out and looked to blame others. Indeed, following her election defeat, Ms. Mazzeo and others on her behalf embarked upon a very different kind of campaign; a campaign of defamation. This vengeful campaign was directed at Mayor Tyer’s husband, Plaintiff Barry Clairmont.

2. In the days after the election, Ms, Mazzeo and others acting on her behalf publicly declared as a matter of fact that Mr. Clairmont had engaged in criminal election fraud by and through making “unauthorized direct access to ballots inside City Hall.” Ms. Mazzeo and those acting on her behalf published these false statements of fact to the media, through press releases and on social media, among other forums. Ms. Mazzeo knew these statements to be false and/or published them with a reckless disregard to their troth or falsity.