James O’Keefe, a conservative activist, filed a lawsuit against Current TV, Keith Olbermann (who now hosts Countdown on the network) and David Shuster (a guest host). O’Keefe is claiming defamation for false reporting that O’Keefe had been accused of rape, and for falsely reporting he is a “convicted felon.”
Speaking to Big Journalism, O’Keefe said:
I welcome criticism and even misguided hatred. But, if they call me a felon, if they call me a rapist, or any other disgusting, libelous, ridiculous thing, I will bring them into a courtroom, I will depose them, I will get access to their e-mails. I don’t care how many golden statues they have, I don’t care how many Emmies, Pulitzers they have. We will bring them to justice.
O’Keefe has not been charged with a felony, and the complaint cites instances when Olbermann and Shuster said otherwise. It also includes mentions of rape/harassment accusations, remarking that the complaint had already been dismissed.
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