Claims are Frivolous, Veritas Claims
Veritas Has Recently Received a Number of Legal Actions
O’Keefe Promises More Video Soon
(NEW YORK) Almost a year after the release of their first Democracy Partners video, Project Veritas Action Fund received a letter from an attorney representing Shirley Teter, a 69-year-old woman who received national media attention as a result of violence at Donald Trump campaign rallies.. The letter stated Teter isn’t a public figure and that the video is untrue.
The video depicts Americans United for Change consultant Scott Foval stating that Teter was one of his “activists” who had been “trained up to birddog” – something with which they disagree. “We didn’t say these things about Shirley Teter; Scott Foval did,” says James O’Keefe in the video above. “I don’t know why she is asking this of me; I didn’t make the statements.”
In the letter, Teter also stated that she was referred to as homeless and mentally ill, something which obviously occurred in a separate conversation not about her.
“Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 and Rule 3.1 of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct, I write to give you notice that there is no basis in fact or law for your claims, rendering them frivolous and subject to sanctions,” noted PFA lead counsel Benjamin Barr.
Barr also noted that “Shirley Teter voluntarily thrust herself into the most public controversy of 2016 – a controversial and charged presidential election.” According to this article, Teter is being sued for her role in the media circus which followed her appearance at a Trump rally.
Last Friday, a Wall Street Journal reporter tweeted “defamation suit against” James O’Keefe with a link to an apparent court document.
Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action Fund have been targeted with multiple legal actions over the last few months. In most cases, it’s notable that the parties initiating these actions aren’t making the claim that they didn’t say what they were exposed on video saying. In the Democracy Partner case, the suit doesn’t even make a claim for defamation. Regarding the Kansas video, it’s also hard to justify any context for a teacher to say to a student: “…I guarantee you, I will kick your f***ing ass.”
“Obviously, you don’t get this flak unless you are over the target,” says O’Keefe in the video, who promises to release exciting new videos soon.