Calgary Ward 4 councillor Sean Chu has been sued for $275,000 for defamation by his former campaign manager.
In the statement of claim filed two weeks ago, Amanda Wilkie alleges that Chu, who was elected for the first time on Oct. 21, 2013, made defamatory comments when he spoke to a mutual acquaintance in November 2013 and on other occasions.
According to Calgary Herald, the former campaign manager says in the document filed that Chu told Lynne Walker that Wilkie “owes me money,” that she “took too much in expenses,” that she “mishandled campaign funds” and took “thousands of dollars” from the campaign fund and used them for her own expenses.
The plaintiff says all three of them remain involved in political circles in Calgary and that they all know and communicate with many of the same people.
Wilkie, who was in charge of the campaign plan and ensuring it was carried out, managed the campaign’s communications and marketing/advertising plans and ensured their proper execution, among other duties leading up to the election, alleges that at no time did she have control or access to the campaign bank account.
Any request for funds from the campaign bank account was reviewed and had to be approved by Andrew Chin, the campaign’s official agent, before funds were distributed, it is alleged in her lawsuit.
“The statements about the plaintiff made by Mr. Chu to Ms. Walker were and are malicious, injurious and completely false,” she alleges. “Such statements are extremely serious in nature and constitute a personal attack on the character of the plaintiff.
“The plaintiff has been informed that on numerous other occasions Mr. Chu has uttered the same or similar defamatory words, whereby Mr. Chu falsely and maliciously asserted that the plaintiff mishandled, misappropriated or stole funds from the campaign.”
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
A statement of defence has not yet been filed.