In this May 22, 2018, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix. 

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)-- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a lawsuit against several media outlets for "false light and defamation." 

The lawsuit was filed on Monday.

Arpaio is asking for an amount of $300,500,000 in compensatory and damages, as well as attorney fees.

The plaintiffs listed in the complaint include CNN, CNN president Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo, Kevin Robillard, Tessa Stuart, the Huffington Post and Rolling Stone.

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In the complaint, Arpaio said that CNN targeted him three times and "falsely refer to and defamed him per se as a convicted felon." 

Arpaio also cited a Huffington Post article from Nov. 5 written by Robillard and said that the website "falsely claimed and reckless disregard for the truth that he had been 'sent to prison for contempt of court.'" 

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The complaint also said that the article is still available and "no efforts have been taken by the website and Robillard to correct this false statement." 

In the complaint against the Rolling Stone, Apraio said that the magazine and Stuart falsely referred to him as an "ex-felon" in a Nov. 13 article

President Donald Trump pardoned the former Maricopa County Sheriff back on Aug. 2017. 

You can read the entire complaint here


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(6) comments


Joe only upheld federal law! Others were too chicken or cared to follow suit! My hats off to you Joe!


Who are the plaintiffs, again? Journalists need to ask for help if they don't understand words.


Good for Joe. He's doing what many American and conservatives always want to do. The media outlets of today are nothing more than lapdogs for the liberal left and the DemoRAT party! They no longer report news, but now are just mouthpieces to promote the liberal agenda. We're behind you, Joe!


What facts do you think he will present in evidence?

Wayne kenoff

Clearly you never experienced his racial profiling; I have. He broke the law and got pardoned. Seems the only lapdogs are you and others who think like you


At one time I revered Joe, but now I only pity him.

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