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James O'Keefe Defamation Lawsuit

James O'Keefe Defamation Lawsuit

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AROMANDO
&
LIGHT,LLC195FairfieldAvenue-Suite4DWestCaldwell,NewJersey
07006973-403-9100
AttorneysforPlaintiff
Plaintiff,
SUPERIORCOURTOFNEWJERSEYBERGENCOUNTY-
LAWDIVISION
DOCKET
NO.:
JAMESO'KEEFE,
III,vs.
CURRENT
MEDIA,LLC,
KEITHOLBERMANN,
and
DAVIDSHUSTER,
COMPLAINTDefendants.PlaintiffJamesO'Keefe,III,residingat121GoodwinTerrace,Westwood,NewJersey,bywayofcomplaintagainsttheDefendantsnamedabove,allegesasfollows:1.DefendantCurrentMedia,LLC,oninformationandbelief,isaCaliforniacorporationwithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat118KingStreet,SanFrancisco,California.CurrentMediaisamediacompanybroadcastingontelevisionandtheinternet.Oneofthe"news"broadcastsbyCurrentMediaacrosstheUnitedStates,andincludingwithinNewJersey,is
CountdownwithKeithOlbermann
("Countdown").ThedefamatorystatementsdescribedbelowwerebroadcastwithintheStateofNewJersey.2.DefendantKeithOlbermannisanemployeeofCurrentMedia,servesastheHostofCountdownandisCurrentMedia'sChiefNewsOfficer.Mr.OlbermannisresponsibleforthecontentbroadcastonCountdown.3.DefendantDavidShusterhostedCountdownasanemployeeofCurrentMediaon
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February24,2012.4.OnFebruary24,2012,duringthevideobroadcastofCountdownontelevision,DavidShuster,whileactingasanemployeeorothertypeofagentofCurrentmedia,calledPlaintiffJamesO'Keefe,IIIa"convictedfelon."Thisstatementwasnottruewhenmade;itwasmadewithknowledgeofitsfalsityorarecklessornegligentdisregardforitstruth,andconstitutesslanderandslander
perse.
ThisstatementhasbeencontinuallybroadcastonCurrentMedia'swebsitesincethetelevisionbroadcastaired.5.OnFebruary24,2012,duringthevideobroadcastofCountdownontelevision,DavidShusterstatedthatthereisa"rapeallegationfacing...conservativeactivist...JamesO'Keefe,"referringtoPlaintiffandcertainallegationsmadebyNadiaNaffeatamunicipalcourtprobablecausehearinginWestwood,NewJersey.AtranscriptofthathearingisattachedheretoasExhibitA.Thisstatementwasnottruewhenmadeandhasbeencontinuallyre-broadcastonCurrentMedia'swebsiteandhasbeenrepeatedinprintonCurrentMedia'swebsitesincetheoriginaltelevisionbroadcastaired.Thestatementsreferredtointhisparagraphweremadewithknowledgeoftheirfalsityoranegligentorrecklessdisregardfortheirtruthandconstituteslanderandslander
perse
andthewrittenstatementsconstitutelibelandlibel
perse.
6.TheMunicipalCourtJudgepresidingoverthematterinWestwoodreviewedMs.Naffe'sharassmentcomplaintandherswornstatementsubmittedinsupportthereofandthenhadthefollowingexchangewithNaffe:JUDGE:Inreviewingyourcertification,it'sclearthattherewasnothingthat[was]setforththereregardinganystriking,shoving,2
 
touchingoranyotherthreattodoso;isthatcorrect?NAFFE:That'scorrect.7.PrevioustoDavidShuster'sstatementsdescribedabove,ontheDecember22,2011broadcastofCountdown,DefendantOlbermannstated:"JamesO'Keefe-activist,pseudo-journalist,andconvictedfeloninfamousforhisambush-style.selectively-editedinterviews-facesapossiblecivilsexual-harassmentsuit,"and;"He'son-O'Keefethatis-federalparoleafterhewaschargedwithfelonyforattemptingtomaliciouslyinterferewithSenatorLandrieu'sofficetelephonesysteminNewOrleans."Thesestatementshavebeenandcontinueto
be
broadcastinprintandvideobyCurrentMediaandOlbennann.Thesestatementswerenottruewhenmade,weremadewithknowledgeoftheirfalsityorarecklessornegligentdisregardfortheirtruth,andconstitutelibel,libel
perse,
slanderandslander
perse.
AttachedasExhibitBisacopyofapleadingfiledinthecriminalactionarisingfromtheincidentatSenatorLandrieu'sofficereferredtobyOlbermanninthestatementsabove.Inthispublicdocument,theGovernmentspecificallystatesthatdespiteitsinvestigation,itfoundnoevidencetendingtoshowthatPlaintiffintendedtocommitanyfelonyortotamperwiththeSenator'sphonesystem.PlaintiffwasneitherchargedwithnorconvictedofafelonyarisingfromtheincidentinvolvingSenatorLandrieu.8.OntheDecember
22,2011
broadcastofCountdown,DefendantOlbermanndiscussedthesameallegationsbyNadiaNaffethatwerethesubjectoftheFebruary
24,2012
statementsbyDavidShuster,describedabove.Inthatdiscussion,OlbermannandhisguestreportedthatNaffe'sallegationsdidnot
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