- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) - A South Jordan city councilman is being sued for defamation after accusing a former political opponent of bribery.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1JCQkyl) Councilman Chuck Newton alleged last week that Andrew Petersen offered him $10,000 to drop out of the race so Petersen could take his place on the November ballot. Petersen, who lost the August primary election, maintains that the accusations are false.

In his lawsuit filed Monday, Petersen says Newton’s claims have damaged his public and professional reputation.

He is seeking at least $300,000 in emotional and economical damages as well as a court order prohibiting Newton from making additional false statements.

Newton says he’s confident that his accusations will be proven true.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s office is investigating the claims.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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