WASHINGTON—Dominion Voting Systems on Friday sued pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, seeking more than $1.3 billion in damages over what the voting-machine company said were “wild” and “demonstrably false” accusations, including her allegation that it had rigged November’s election in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor.
“As a result of the defamatory falsehoods peddled by Powell—in concert with like-minded allies and media outlets who were determined to promote a false preconceived narrative—Dominion’s founder, Dominion’s employees, Georgia’s governor, and Georgia’s secretary of state have been harassed and have received death threats, and Dominion has suffered enormous harm,” the Denver-based company said in a 124-page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Among other claims, Ms. Powell accused Dominion of fraudulently deleting or changing votes, and said the company’s software was created in Venezuela to rig elections. The suit said Ms. Powell spread false accusations about election fraud “to financially enrich herself, to raise her public profile, and to ingratiate herself to Donald Trump.”
Ms. Powell didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Dominion has faced a blizzard of false accusations about election fraud in the wake of Mr. Biden’s election victory over President Trump, including claims amplified by Mr. Trump and his supporters at rallies and on social media.