RETRACTION #313 - Robert Marchant, Stamford Advocate
In a March 22, 2020 Stamford Advocate/Greenwich Time article concerning Project Veritas and James O’Keefe titled “Stamford Republicans tap Project Veritas’ controversial James O’Keefe for dinner,” the Advocate and Greenwich Time reported that, in 2013, O’Keefe “settled a California case accusing him of making a deceptively edited video that falsely depicted a man working for a social-welfare agency as appearing to agree to take part in a human-trafficking scheme.”
The lawsuit, which alleged a violation of California’s law against recording conversations without consent, stemmed from O’Keefe’s publication of a video that the California Attorney General described as “severely edited.” According to the Attorney General’s summary of its report, O’Keefe appeared in the edited video “dressed as a 1970s Superfly pimp, but in his actual taped sessions with ACORN workers, he was dressed in a shirt and tie, presented himself as a law student, and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress.” The man who was the subject of the misleadingly edited video sued O’Keefe for violating California’s prohibition against surreptitious video recordings. His complaint mentioned that the video had been edited but did not state specifically that it had been deceptively edited. In agreeing to settle the case for $100,000, O’Keefe represented that he “regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family,” according to court documents.