North Carolina television stations are pulling an offensive ad on Sherry Beasley, the Democratic congresswoman running for Senate.

North Carolina television stations made the unusual decision Friday to rescind an attack ad against Senate Democratic candidate Sherry Beasley, after complaints that the ad had falsely accused Ms. North Carolina.

The ad, prepared by the Republican Senate’s campaign arm, sheds light on the issue of “children guilty of child pornography” and accused Ms Beasley of “voting for his release”. A narrator spoke ominously over images of a young girl with prison bars sliding open.

Five television stations in Raleigh and Charlotte said Friday they would withdraw the ad or “pause” it while their allegations were examined, according to emails from the stations to Courtney Wiseman, an attorney who serves on the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. , reviewed by the New York Times.

On Thursday, two stations in Charlotte halted broadcast advertising. A representative of the two stations, WXAN and WSCO, explained in an email to Ms Wiseman that the announcement’s claim about Ms Beasley was “false, as it appears that the defendant was not released” under the state Supreme Court’s ruling.

Chris Hartline, a spokesman for the Republican National Senate committee, which made the announcement, defended the allegations against Ms Beasley, and said the Charlotte stations, which acted on Thursday, did not request to see any documents before making a decision.

“Every word in the ad is true,” Mr. Hartline said in a statement. “This bizarre statement from a television station that has not yet received or even requested our proof of this claim will be noticed by our media buyers as they make future ad purchase decisions.”

“Republicans in Washington have been caught lying,” said Dore MacMillan, a spokeswoman for Ms. Beasley.

“Voters know that Cherie has worked with law enforcement to hold violent perpetrators accountable, and will continue to keep our communities safe as the next US Senator for North Carolina,” Ms. Macmillan said in a statement. Ms. Beasley is competing against Representative Ted Budd, the Republican nominee, in a race for an open seat that is important in determining control of the Senate.

The ad in question, titled “Our Children’s Failure,” links Ms. Beasley to three cases of child sex offenders. The attack on Mrs. Beasley, who is black, is reminiscent of the Senate Republican attacks on Justice Kitangi Brown-Jackson during Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Senators, led by Josh Hawley of Kansas, accused her of leniency in sentencing in child pornography cases. review by PolitiFact He concluded that Judge Jackson’s rulings were consistent with those of the other justices.

The case that led to the North Carolina ad being removed concerns a man named James Howard Terrell Jr., who was convicted in 2016 of possessing obscene photos of minors on a laptop.

The Court of Appeals ruled that a whistleblower had performed an unlawful search of a thumb drive, in violation of Mr. Terrell’s Fourth Amendment rights, and returned the case to the lower court.

In 2019, the State Supreme Court, with a majority of Mrs. Beasley, This ruling was upheld. As of May 2020, Mr. Terrell was still in prison, According to court recordsOn this basis, Ms. Wiseman, the Democratic attorney, demanded that the ad be removed. “The claim that her vote somehow led to the ‘defendant being released’ is false,” she wrote.

A lawyer for the Republican campaign arm argued, in a letter to television stations about the advertisement, that North Carolina court records for Mr. Attorney Ryan J. Democratic lawyer dollars trying to “spotlight” the directors of television stations. Court records It indicates that Mr. Terrell is no longer imprisoned.