'Lie detector' comedy bit defendant in George Santos lawsuit

On Saturday,Representative George Santos, the embattled Republican congressman from New York who is accused of lying about his career pre-Congress, filed a civil suit against Jimmy Kimmel, ABC, and Disney, claiming Kimmel violated Cameo's terms by submitting at least 14 Cameo video requests to Santos using fake identities. Five of those videos were used for a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" called "Will Santos Say It?" In the suit, Santos claims Kimmel "misrepresented himself and his motives" to get Santos to "produce personalized videos for the sole purpose of capitalizing on and ridiculing" Santos' "gregarious personality."

Among Kimmel's scripts for Santos: congratulating a woman for cloning her schnauzer named Adolf, and congratulating a man for winning a competitive ground beef eating contest.

It is rather ironic that Santos, who got into Congress through fibs, is now suing over lies. In December, Kimmel said, "Could you imagine if I get sued by George Santos for a fraud? It would be like a dream come true."

Perhaps this is a dream come true for Santos as well, as lawsuits can be a way to stay in the public eye (and perhaps chase after some compensation). Kimmel is far from the only person to have pushed back against Santos' allegations, with the representative already being the subject of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

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