Jorge Fors sues Miami-Dade Commission opponent Kevin Marino Cabrera for defamation | Florida Dispensaries

Jorge Fors sues Miami-Dade Commission opponent Kevin Marino Cabrera for defamation

Coral Gables Commissioner Jorge Fors Jr. is suing lobbyist Kevin Marino Cabrera, his opponent for the Miami-Dade Commission in District 6, for what he calls a “civil conspiracy” to defame him ahead of this fall’s election.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday with the 11th Judicial Circuit, Fors alleged Cabrera and several campaign consultants and political committees have spread “false, defamatory statements” and “realistic, but doctored, images” meant to damage his reputation.

That includes misleading campaign mailers sent to “thousands of readily identifiable Miami-Dade County voters” for the “malicious purpose” of tarnishing Fors.

The mailers and other attack media from Cabrera’s campaign — including a now-offline website, ForsTheFraud.com, whose funding is traceable to Cabrera’s political committee — had Fors considering a lawsuit for months. The website included a photoshopped picture of Fors handcuffed and wearing an orange jumpsuit while sitting in a jail cell and what appear to be arrest records of Fors.

Fors said he’s never been arrested in his life. He also denied allegations by Cabrera’s campaign that he “refused to pay (any) property taxes.” In August, Fors told the Miami Herald he mistakenly claimed a homestead exemption on a condo roughly five years ago and has since repaid the

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