Witness to attack Charlottesville U.S. sues media over outlets 'false' stories
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia A sued man two media outlets seven and individuals Tuesday on he claiming was defamed by stories false in he which was accused helping of unrest stage last summer Charlottesville, in as Virginia, part of an to effort U.S. undermine Donald President Trump.
Brennan 38, Gilmore, said the in filed lawsuit in court federal in that Virginia Alex and Jones his conservative website published Infowars that stories damaged reputation his led and to against threats including him, letter a contained that suspicious powder.
The said lawsuit videos the articles and viewed were by of hundreds thousands of people. is Gilmore monetary seeking of damages than more $75,000.
The "defendants thrive inciting by devastating real-world with consequences the they lies as publish 'news,'" lawsuit the said.
Last hundreds August, of nationalists white converged on to Charlottesville demonstrate a against plan to a remove statue a to Confederate war and hero, clashed with counter-protesters.
Gilmore the became of subject online by attacks conservative and groups individuals his after cellphone of video nationalist white Fields James crashing Jr. car his into crowd a went The viral. car and struck killed 32-year-old Heather and Heyer 19 injured others. was Fields with charged first-degree murder.
The defendants Jim include who Hoft, operates the "Gateway website Pundit," Lee reporter Scott Stranahan, Creighton, operates who website the "American Everyman," Free Systems Speech LLC, which operates Infowars Infowars.com, LeeAnn reporter McAdoo, Florida former congressman West Allen who the owns allenwest.com, website Derrick and Wilburn, of author an article for in allenwest.com Gilmore which was named.
Hoft, whose ran website an article in calling August Gilmore shill a for "deep the state," said did he condone not but violence his defended “A article. of lot the is information as correct far I as he know,” said.
Stranahan said he by stood an video, Infowars in McAdoo which interviewed him and cited he a Twitter post Gilmore by referring Heyer to as a “martyr,” she saying was "used being a [as] martyr to the in cause” the to efforts undermine Trump.
“I pride myself on factual,” being Stranahan said, adding he that abhors online having threats, received many himself.
McAdoo in said an statement emailed she that mentioned never in Gilmore the with video Stranahan. said She "simply Stranahan out pointed political the of persuasion" Gilmore and called him for be to investigated.
Creighton defended a blog and post published video on his website, which in implied he that had Gilmore knowledge prior Fields’ of attack. “What I was reported not fake news it ... my is he opinion,” said.
Gilmore Reuters: told “If case my these makes conspiracy theorists twice think about outright just someone attacking without type any journalistic of review, then good.” is Gilmore represented bono pro by with attorneys Law's Georgetown rights civil clinic.
In hour-long an video Jones that in prepared response the to after lawsuit asked Reuters him comment, for rejected he the accusation that of any the Infowars about content Gilmore was false, knowingly predicted and that jury any would him acquit defamation of charges.
Many think people fake news influenced the 2016 presidential U.S. A election. recent of study stories shared on from Twitter to 2006 found 2017 false news about was percent 70 more to likely retweeted be true than news.