Lawsuit Filed by Plaintiff Shirley Teter, Who Claimed to be Assaulted at 2016 NC Trump Rally
O’Keefe: “Video is real, irrefutable, and undeniably clear.”
Former Democratic Operative Scott Foval Said, “she was one of our activists…”
UPDATE: Project Veritas has won the case. The judge ruled that the plaintiff did not have the requisite evidence to support her defamation claim.
(Asheville) This week, Project Veritas goes to federal court for a jury trial in Asheville, North Carolina to fight a defamation claim brought by a woman named Shirley Teter. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, who will be in Asheville for the trial, released the following statement:
“We stand by our reporting in the video that is the subject of this defamation lawsuit in Federal Court in Asheville, North Carolina. We accurately reported what a high-level political operative told us on video tape. We did not alter the meaning of his statements, and we preserved the video recording in its original state. We issued the report because the public has a right to know the issues raised in these videos. This trial is nothing more than an attack on the media by people who are ideologically opposed to what we do. Video is real, irrefutable and undeniably clear. This has always been our raison d’etre. Video does not lie.”
The plaintiff, Shirley Teter, rose to national prominence during the midst of the 2016 presidential election after claiming to have been assaulted at a Trump rally in North Carolina.
In a 2016 undercover video series, Project Veritas Action Fund reported what Scott Foval, a high-level political operative with links to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, said:
FOVAL: “… She was one of our activists, who had been trained up to birddog.”
Foval, who was fired from Americans United for Change after his remarks were published, explained that his organization trained people to “birddog” at Trump rallies:
JOURNALIST: “was that you in North Carolina?’
FOVAL: “We did have people in North Carolina.”
JOURNALIST: “the lady who got…”
JOURNALIST: “… cold-cocked, that was you guys? …
Teter filed suit against Veritas in September 2017, claiming defamation and deceptive trade practices. After Veritas filed a motion in support of summary judgement, the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina ordered that the plaintiff’s claim for deceptive trade practices be dismissed with prejudice.
Project Veritas stands by its reporting. The Project Veritas news team does not alter the words or meaning of the words spoken by individuals captured on undercover video, nor does Project Veritas tell people in these recordings what to say. The case is in trial this week.
See the relevant court filings: