Rudy Giuliani’s ‘star’ Michigan witness Melissa Carone has been slammed with a scathing ‘cease and desist’ letter from Dominion Voting Systems

Melissa Carone
Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, speaks in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.

  • Melissa Carone, who gained notoriety as Rudy Giuliani’s “star witness” during a Michigan election fraud hearing earlier this month, has been hit with a cease and desist letter from Dominion Voting Systems over her comments. 
  • Carone’s testimony, which at times drew audible laughter from hearing attendees, accused the company of engaging in election fraud.
  • Video of Carone’s testimony went viral, and prompted a parody skit on “Saturday Night Live.”
  • Carone is among nearly two dozen people and companies — including Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN, who have received cease and desist notifications from Dominion’s lawyers over election fraud claims. 
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In early December, Melissa Carone became the subject of fascination – and a “Saturday Night Live” skit – after she appeared as a star witness for Rudy Giuliani in a Michigan hearing over claims that Dominion Voting Systems were used to perpetrate election fraud. 

Now she’s the star recipient of a cease and desist order from them.

Lawyers for Dominion sent Carone a strongly worded letter last week accusing the Grosse Pointe Woods mother of two of spreading misinformation and lies about the company. 

“You gained international infamy earlier this month as Rudy Giuliani’s so-called ‘star witness’ who could supposedly corroborate outlandish accusations that Dominion has somehow rigged or otherwise improperly influenced the outcome of the Nov. 2020 US presidential election,” the letter, which was first published by Law and Crime, read in part. 

It continued: “We write to you now because you have positioned yourself as a prominent leader of the ongoing misinformation campaign by pretending to have some sort of ‘insider’s knowledge’ regarding Dominion’s business activities, when in reality you were hired through a staffing agency for one day to clean glass on machines and complete other menial tasks.”

The letter warned that “litigation regarding these issues is imminent.”

Carone did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the cease and desist letter.

Carone’s testimony included a litany of unfounded claims and accusations that at times bordered on the absurd. She repeatedly told state representatives running the hearing, “I know what I saw.” 

Carone drew audible laughter at times during her testimony, especially when she attempted to confront Rep. Steven Johnson about an alleged discrepancy on the voter rolls. 

“What’d you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?” she said. “I know what I saw. I know what I saw! And I signed something that said that if I’m wrong I can go to prison. Did you?”

At one point during the hearing, Giuliani could be heard “shushing” her as she told the oversight panel that she’d seen poll workers run the same ballots through voting machines “thousands of times.” 

The clip of her testimony went viral online and was viewed nearly 10 million times

Dominion Voting Systems, which designed voting machines used in at least 24 states during the presidential election, sent out a slew of “cease and desist” letters in recent weeks, threatening legal action against anchors at Fox, OANN, and Newsmax, among others, for making baseless claims about election fraud involving the company. Pro-Trump lawyers, including Sydney Powell and Lin Wood were also sent letters.

Anchors at Fox and Newsmax both walked back claims on air after receiving letters from Dominion. 

In the days following her testimony, it was revealed that Carone harassed her fiance’s ex-wife by sending her sex tapes. She was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal. Carone also apparently refused to quarantine after being in close contact with Giuliani directly after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Mellissa Carone, Giuliani’s star witness in the Trump campaign’s election fraud case, harassed her fiance’s ex-wife by sending her sex tapes

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Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, speaks in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.

  • Mellissa Carone, a witness in the Trump campaign’s election fraud lawsuit in Michigan, was recently on probation for harassing her fiance’s ex-wife, it emerged on Saturday. 
  • Over two years, Carone harassed the woman and sent her tapes of herself having sex with the boyfriend.
  • Carone told the Huffington Post that it was her fiance who had really sent the sex tapes, and she agreed to a plea deal to avoid further court appearances. 
  • Carone’s sweeping election fraud claims and confrontational testimony at a hearing in Michigan Tuesday went viral. 
  • The testimony was even satirized in a Saturday Night Live skit, where Carone was played by Cecily Strong. 
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Mellissa Carone, a key witness in the Trump campaign’s bid to overturn the result of the presidential election in Michigan, was on probation for sending her fiance’s ex-wife sex tapes, it emerged on Saturday. 

According to police records first obtained by Deadline Detroit, Carone harassed the woman for two years, stalking her and sending her explicit videos from an anonymous account of herself having sex with her boyfriend, the woman’s former partner. 

Investigators managed to trace the email account sending the videos to Carone, according to the report, and Carone later told investigators that she had been the person sending them. 

She was initially charged with obscenity and computer crimes, but these were later reduced to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge as part of a plea deal. 

A spokeswoman for the Wayne County, Michigan, prosecutor’s office confirmed the charges in a statement to the Huffington Post,  and said that her 12 month probation ended just before Election Day.

Carone told the publication that in fact her fiance, Matthew Stackpoole, had sent the tapes, and that she had agreed to the plea deal so they didn’t have to spend any more time in court. He told the outlet that this account was true. 

“The reason I got charged for it is it was sent off of my phone,” Carone told the outlet. “I just said screw it, I’m going to have to take it.”

Business Insider has attempted to reach Carone for further comment through what appears to be her Facebook account. Wayne County prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for further comment. 

Carone, who describes herself as a cyber security expert, was contracted during the presidential election by Dominon voting systems to work at a Detroit polling station doing IT work. There, she claims to have witnessed widespread voting fraud. 

She appeared as a witness for the Trump campaign at a hearing of the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, where the campaign’s chief attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is challenging Biden’s victory. 

In her testimony Carone angrily confronted state officials, and Giuliani appeared at one point to be trying to dissuade her from speaking out further. 

The Trump campaign’s allegations of election fraud have been rebutted by state officials in Michigan, and rejected by courts across the country. 

Footage of the testimony went viral, and was even satirized in a Saturday Night Live skit over the weekend,where Carone was played by Cecily Strong. 

 

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