Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 | 12:51 p.m.
Former Nevada secretary of state candidate Rob Lauer has filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against a woman who had accused him of battery.
Clark County prosecutors hit Lauer with a criminal misdemeanor complaint over an incident at a Las Vegas bar in June 2010 when Jennifer Von Tobel, then a supporter of Lauer, claimed he had assaulted her.
Lauer denied the allegation, saying he was demonstrating self-defense moves to Von Tobel, and a judge later dismissed the charges.
Nevertheless, the incident was seen as marring the Republican Lauer’s bid to unseat Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller.
"Following the incident on June 4, 2010, defendant made numerous false, malicious and defamatory allegations to media outlets and to numerous Republican voters," Lauer charged in Tuesday’s lawsuit in Clark County District Court. "The defendant exaggerated and lied about the events in order to cause damage to plaintiff’s personal and professional reputation."
Lauer, who lives in Henderson, seeks damages that are unspecified but that top $10,000 in the lawsuit.
Von Tobel has not yet answered the lawsuit.