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El Cajon councilman previously involved in fake nude photo lawsuit resigns

Posted at 9:08 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 21:34:23-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) - An El Cajon city councilman involved in a lawsuit claiming he was behind fake nude photos of a beauty queen has resigned.

In a letter dated March 25, 2019, Ben Kalasho resigned from his position with the El Cajon City Council effective immediately.

In the letter, Kalasho cited disagreements with fellow city councilmembers and unspecified “family matters” as the reason for his resignation.

“I felt I was constantly battling my colleagues on agenda items and the general direction that my colleagues wanted for the city,” Kalasho said in the letter.

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A lawsuit that has since been resolved claimed Kalasho and his wife were behind fake social media accounts used to defame a local beauty queen and restaurant.

The suit claimed that the woman who won a pageant in 2016, Zhala Tawfiq, was stripped of her title and not awarded the prize money she was supposed to receive.

The lawsuit stated that, around that time, a fake Instagram account was created that posted the beauty queen’s face on top of other naked women’s bodies.

"The matter has been resolved to our satisfaction and the resolution is confidential,” a lawyer for the plaintiff told 10News.

Click here to read Kalasho’s full resignation letter.