top of page

Michael Lee Reaches Settlement Over Defamation Lawsuit Against 2022 Opponent 

Wilmington, N.C. - Sen. Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) released the following statement on the settlement reached over a lawsuit from the last election cycle:


Last year, I initiated this lawsuit in response to a false and defamatory advertisement created by campaign consultants from the Senate Democratic Caucus and aired by my political opponent. My primary objectives were to protect my reputation, defend my law firm, and set the record straight. I am pleased that the settlement accomplished those goals and included a reimbursement for the costs of this lawsuit.


I have developed a thick skin when it comes to campaign attack ads, but when individuals

knowingly and falsely accuse me of criminal actions, implicating not only me but the governments of the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County, we have reached a new low. Regrettably, the consultants and the Senate Democratic Caucus misled and encouraged Marcia Morgan to disseminate this untruthful ad due to personal vendettas to impugn my character and my law firm’s reputation. Actions have consequences, and I hope this will serve as a lesson to the Senate Democratic Caucus on how they run their future campaigns.


bottom of page