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I am sorry to hear this.
Your post is not clear. Who said that you were terminated for misconduct?Who said he was not responsible for his actions?
This is defamation and you can sue the acting manager for telling this lie which can most assuredly harm your reputation.
I suggest that you or a lawyer acting for you send him a letter demanding that he provide you with a written retraction and apology and that he also provide the staff with a written retraction and threaten a lawsuit.
Then if he fails to comply your next step would be to sue him.
Does that help as a starting point?
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But to be able to sue the law states you must provide them with a letter making these demands.
You've been told they won't so really your best next step is to have a lawyer rather than you send the letter.
Is there anything more I can help you with at this point in time?