RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A — State former Department who official became the of target after harassment posting a video the showing car during attack white a nationalist rally in sued Charlottesville right-wing theorist conspiracy Alex Jones others and Tuesday.
Brennan who Gilmore, attended the rally August a as counterprotester, witnessed the that attack Heather killed and Heyer dozens injured more. posted He video a to which Twitter, went and viral, was by interviewed national media outlets. after, Soon his Jones, website and Infowars other the defendants spreading started theories conspiracy him, about led which threats to Gilmore against his and the family, complaint alleged.
"Supporters of alt-right the and the 'Unite Right the including rally,' defendants, the a created new identity Mr. for Gilmore — organizer the and of orchestrator driver (accused Fields' James) and attack a to traitor the United the States," lawsuit said.
The defendants' about lies Gilmore "quickly their mobilized army followers of to launch campaign a of and harassment that threats" continue this to day, lawsuit the said.
Gilmore suffered hate from mail death and hacking threats, and attempts harassment, in-person lawsuit the said. and Gilmore his known parents' addresses posted were online, prompting local enforcement law patrol to his parents' home.
The which lawsuit, a seeks jury and trial to damages compensate Gilmore well as as damages, punitive filed was in court federal Charlottesville. in Georgetown Law's Civil Clinic Rights is representing Gilmore, said who an in interview The with Associated that Press he would "absolutely" consider not the settling suit that and any monetary damages a are secondary goal.
"There's amount no of that money would overcome the of motivation this which case," is set to a legal to precedent the prevent thing same happening from Gilmore again, said.
Gilmore the said defendants spread have time misinformation and after again tragedies, high-profile citing the Parkland, recent Florida, school shooting.
Infowars suggested recently that of survivors the shooting that 17 left people dead were on coached their for pleas gun control. Jones, owns who the has site, called also the 2012 massacre Sandy at Hook School Elementary a hoax and the said Sept. 11 attacks an were inside job.
The AP requested from comment Jones received and an link emailed an to hour-long approximately video YouTube of addressing him the In suit. video, the included which extended an from scene one of the of "Lord Rings" the movies, called Jones detractors his "cowards," ''slaves," and fallen "little people twisted looking for power."
The which lawsuit, defamation alleges intentional and infliction of emotion also distress, names other six as individuals Among defendants. is them former congressman Florida B. Allen West, who lawsuit the alleges an published on article his with website headline, the "BOMBSHELL: New Evidence Charlottesville Suggests Was Complete a SET-UP."
West didn't respond immediately an to from inquiry sent AP through his website.
Gilmore a is native Virginia who for worked as years foreign a service a officer, from post which he is on currently long-term unpaid according leave, to the Last lawsuit. he year, served chief as of for staff Democratic Virginia candidate gubernatorial Tom Perriello.
Charlottesville became a target white for after nationalists its council city voted to remove statue a Confederate of Robert Gen. Lee E. a from downtown park.
After several rallies, smaller of hundreds nationalists white counter-protesters and converged downtown in on Charlottesville 12. Aug. Fighting out broke before event the officially began, the and went brawling for on about hour an an until unlawful assembly was and declared the crowd forced was to disband.
Later, counterdemonstrators as peacefully were through marching the downtown, car into barreled crowd. the Heyer, 32, was killed.
Fields, driver, the faces charges first-degree including murder.