AROMANDO & LIGHT, LLC 195 Fairfield Avenue - Suite 4D West Caldwell, New Jersey 07006

973-403-9100 Attorneys for Plaintiff

JAMES O'KEEFE, III,

Plaintiff, vs.
CURRENT MEDIA, LLC, KEITH OLBERMANN, and DAVID SHUSTER,

SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY BERGEN COUNTY - LAW DIVISION DOCKET NO.:

COMPLAINT

Defendants.

Plaintiff James O'Keefe, III, residing at 121 Goodwin Terrace, Westwood, New Jersey, by way of complaint against the Defendants named above, alleges as follows: 1. Defendant Current Media, LLC, on information and belief, is a California corporation with its principal place of business at 118 King Street, San Francisco, California. Current Media is a media company broadcasting on television and the internet. One of the "news" broadcasts by Current Media across the United

States, and including within New Jersey, is Countdown with Keith Olbermann ("Countdown"). The defamatory statements described below were broadcast

within the State of New Jersey. 2. Defendant Keith Olbermann is an employee of Current Media, serves as the Host of Countdown and is Current Media's Chief News Officer. responsible for the content broadcast on Countdown. 3. Defendant David Shuster hosted Countdown as an employee of Current Media on Mr. Olbermann is

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February 24, 2012. 4. On February 24, 2012, during the video broadcast of Countdown on television, David Shuster, while acting as an employee or other type of agent of Current media, called Plaintiff James O'Keefe, III a "convicted felon." This statement was not true when made; it was made with knowledge of its falsity or a reckless or negligent disregard for its truth, and constitutes slander and slander per se. This statement has been continually broadcast on Current Media's website since the television broadcast aired. 5. On February 24, 2012, during the video broadcast of Countdown on television, David Shuster stated that there is a "rape allegation facing ... conservative activist. .. James O'Keefe," referring to Plaintiff and certain allegations made by Nadia Naffe at a municipal court probable cause hearing in Westwood, New Jersey. A transcript of that hearing is attached hereto as Exhibit A. This

statement was not true when made and has been continually re-broadcast on Current Media's website and has been repeated in print on Current Media's website since the original television broadcast aired. The statements referred to in this paragraph were made with knowledge of their falsity or a negligent or reckless disregard for their truth and constitute slander and slander per se and the written statements constitute libel and libel per se. 6. The Municipal Court Judge presiding over the matter in Westwood reviewed Ms. Naffe's harassment complaint and her sworn statement submitted in support thereof and then had the following exchange with Naffe: JUDGE: In reviewing your certification, it's clear that there was nothing that [was] set forth there regarding any striking, shoving,

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touching or any other threat to do so; is that correct? NAFFE: That's correct. 7. Previous to David Shuster's statements described above, on the December 22, 2011 broadcast of Countdown, Defendant Olbermann stated: "James O'Keefe activist, pseudo-journalist, and convicted felon infamous for his ambush-style. selectively-edited interviews and; "He's on faces a possible civil sexual-harassment suit," federal parole after he was charged with

O'Keefe that is -

felony for attempting to maliciously interfere with Senator Landrieu's office telephone system in New Orleans." These statements have been and continue to be broadcast in print and video by Current Media and Olbennann. These

statements were not true when made, were made with knowledge of their falsity or a reckless or negligent disregard for their truth, and constitute libel, libel per se, slander and slander per se. Attached as Exhibit B is a copy of a pleading filed in the criminal action arising from the incident at Senator Landrieu's office referred to by Olbermann in the statements above. In this public document, the

Government specifically states that despite its investigation, it found no evidence tending to show that Plaintiff intended to commit any felony or to tamper with the Senator's phone system. Plaintiff was neither charged with nor convicted of a

felony arising from the incident involving Senator Landrieu. 8. On the December 22, 2011 broadcast of Countdown, Defendant Olbermann discussed the same allegations by Nadia Naffe that were the subject of the February 24, 2012 statements by David Shuster, described above. In that

discussion, Olbermann and his guest reported that Naffe's allegations did not

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include any allegations of physical contact, let alone allegations

of rape.

Nevertheless, Olbermann and Current Media encouraged, permitted and endorsed the contrary statements made by Shuster, described above. 9. Defendant Keith Olbennann is liable for his own statements and for the statements made by David Shuster on Countdown as he approved and/or endorsed the statements in his capacity as Chief News Officer and he further endorsed the statements as they were and are being broadcast under his name.
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Defendant Current Media is liable for the statements made by David Shuster and Keith 01bennann because they were made in the course of their employment with Current Media and Current Media re-broadcast and continues to re-broadcast those statements by video and print. COUNT ONE (DEFAMATION - Slander, Slander Per Se, Libel and Libel Per Se)

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Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the foregoing paragraphs of the Complaint as if the same were set forth herein.

12.

All of the statements referenced above attributed to any of the Defendants constitute at least one of the following forms of defamation or defamation per se; libel, libel per se, slander or slander per se.

13.

Plaintiff has been damaged in that his reputation in his social and professional communities has been injured. Others have and will continue to refrain from

associating with Plaintiff personally and professionally due to the actions and statements of the Defendants described above. Particularly, and by way of

example and not quantification or limitation, the Defendants' false statement that

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Plaintiff has been alleged to have raped a woman has irreparably banned Plaintiff and monetary damages are presumed by law to arise from such an outrageous malicious falsehood. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff demands judgment against the Defendants individually,

jointly, and jointly and severally for all monetary damages permitted by law, plus a mandatory injunction compelling the Defendant to publish a retraction with language approved by the Court, costs, attorneys' fees and such other relief as the Court may deem appropriate and just. AROMANDO & LIGHT, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff

BY~ Dated: February 27,2012

BeDjaIllill:tgh

CERTIFICATION

PURSUANT TO R. 4:5-1

I certify that the matters in controversy in this action are not the subject of any other action pending in any other court or of a pending arbitration proceeding. No other action or arbitration proceeding is presently contemplated and I am presently aware of no other parties that should be joined in this action.

JURY DEMAND Plaintiff hereby demands trial by a jury on all issues in this matter.

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DESIGNATION

OF TRIAL COUNSEL

Benjamin D. Light, Esq. is hereby designated as trial counsel.

AROMANDO

& LIGHT, LLC

Attorneys for Plaintiff

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Dated: February 27,2012

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PILED ~ lUt Of STRICT COURT tAS f.fl:u O!STRICr OF LOUlS1Ai{

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COUR'r EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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CRIMINAL NO. 10"081 SECTION: K (3) VIOLATION: 18 U.S.C. 1036(a) 18U.S.C. 2

v.
JOSEPH BASEL STANDA} ROBERT FLANAGAN JAMES O'KEEFE
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FACTUAL BASIS The defendants. JOSEPH BASEL, STAN DAI, ROBERT FLANAG . O'KEEFE (collectively. "the defendants"), have agreed to plead guilty as charg to the one-

count Bill of Information charging them with misdemeanor entry. or causing th entry, by false pretenses to real property of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United Sates Code, Sections 1036(a)(1), (b)(2), and 2. In pleading guilty. the defendants admit the set forth below. Should this matter have gone to trial, the Government would have prove reasonable doubt, through the introduction of competent testimony and admissi le evidence. the following facts to support the allegations charged by the United States Attorney on the Bill of llowing facts as

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lnfonnation: The Hale Boggs Federal Building, located at 500 Poydras Street, New Orl ans, Louisiana 70130, is owned and operated by the United States of America and managed by t e United States General Services Administration (hereinafter "GSA"). The Hale Boggs Federal the offices of numerous federal agencies and federal officials, including the New of United States Senator Mary Landrieu, As such. the office constitutes real pro to the United States. In addition to Title] 8, United States Code. Section 1036. there are additi nal rules and regulations governing conduct on federal property. These rules and regulations a e codified in various portions of the United States Code. Title 41 of the Code of'Federal Regul tions, and in the Local Rules. These types of laws, regulations and rules are meant to insure t security of the occupants, visitors. proceedings and buildings of the Federal gove The General Services Administration ("GSA"). the United States Marshal Court Security Officers, the Federal Protective Service. and the Federal Bureau
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uilding houses rleans office rty belonging

safety and

Investigation.

among others, are tasked. individually and collectively, with maintaining the hig est level of security for federal buildings in order to prevent incidents that could jeopardize t e safety and security of people with business in the Federal Complex. As such, conduct in all ffices

contained in the Federal Complex is .governed by all of the laws, regulations, and rules. referenced above. On or about January 20, 20 I0, JOSEPH BASEL ("BASEL"), STAN D I (UDAl"),

ROBERT FLANAGAN ("FLANAGAN"), and JAMES O'KEEFE C'O'KEE
the purpose of discussing a variety of topics, including possible scenarios to enga e the staff of

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Senator Landrieu and record the interactions using audio and visual equipment. On or about the afternoon of January 23, 2010, FLANAGAN received a hone call from O'KEEFE. during which O'KEEFE invited FLANAGAN to participate in their activities further invited FLANAGAN t meet the next

concerning Senator Landrieu's office. O'KEEFE

day to finalize the details and coordinate with the other participants. On or about Sunday, January 24. 20 10, BASEL. DAI, FLANAGAN. and O'KEEFE.

met to practice how they would interact with Senator Landrieu's staff and record he interaction with the Senator's staff the next day. During this meeting. the defendants discuss d what they would wear--disguises to make-them look like telephone repairmen-and what e uipment they

would use to record the interaction. At approximately 10:00 a.m. on or about January 25. 20 J 0, BASEL. FL AGAN, and

O'KEEFE met at an office located near the Federal Complex to finalize their pla ,check the
recording devices, and mount a small video camera in one of the disguises. Duri g the meeting

O'KEEFE explained to BASEL and FLANAGAN how the recording equipmen worked and
directed them how to position themselves inside of the office. On or about January 25,2010, at approximately 1] :00 a.m., BASEL. FL

O'KEEFE entered the Hale Boggs Federal Building and passed through the secu ity screening. DAI remained outside of the building to provide support for BASEL, FLANAG O'KEEFE. BASEL and FLANAGAN each dressed in blue denim pants, a blue
ork shirt. a

Jight fluorescent green vest, a tool belt, and carried a white, construction-style

ha d hat. At least

one hard hat contained a video recording device, with a small camera installed on the brim of the hat. O'KEEFE instructed BASEL and FLANAGAN to wait for him to enter th Senate office

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first and to come in shortly thereafter. O'KEEFE

then entered the New Orleans

ffice of United

States Senator Mary Landrieu, Shortly thereafter. BASEL and FLANAGAN en red the office. Upon entering the Senate office. BASEL and FLANAGAN stated to me Senator Landrieu's staff that they were repair technicians from the telephone co pany and were

there to follow up on reports of problems with the telephone system. BASEL an FLANAGAN were each wearing a white. hard construction hat. a tool belt, a fluorescent vest, a d denim pants and tops. When BASEL and FLANAGAN entered the office, O'KEEFE positi ned a digital

recording device made to look like a cellular telephone in his hand so as to recor FLANAGAN. One of Senator Landrieu's staff members (WITNESS 1) told BASEL and FLANAGAN that she did not report any phone problems and that the office was not experienci with the phone system. WITNESS 1 then turned her attention to O'KEEFE could help him. O'KEEFE g any issues

and sked if she

responded that he was waiting for a friend. who had sked him to

meet her in Senator Landrieu' s office. BASEL asked WITNESS I for permission to test the phone system. and WITNESS I directed him to a phone sitting on a desk reserved for a staff membe for Senator Landrieu. BASEL then walked behind the desk, lifted the phone handset from th cradic, LANAGAN

questioned whether there was a dial tone. and handled the receiver. BASEL and also pretended to call the phone with cellular phones in their possession. that they could not get through. O'KEEFE recorded these interactions.

They to d WITNESS I

BASEL also stated that he and FLANAGAN

needed to perform repair w rk on the main

telephone system and asked to be taken to the "central box." WITNESS 1 stated hat she did not

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know anything about the inner workings of the office phone system and told BA EL and FLANAGAN that they would have to speak with a representative from GSA abo tit. While in the office. in keeping with the pretextual story. O'KEEFE repre ented to
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BASEL and FLANAGAN that he had recently attempted to place a call to the Landrieu but that the call "wouldn't go through."

Ice of Senator

Subsequently, WITNESS I requested that BASEL and FLANAGAN ace mpany WITNESS 1 to the main GSA office. Both men accompanied WITNESS 1 to th In the hallway outside the GSA office, WITNESS I, with BASEL and F following her. encountered a manager with GSA. WITNESS I explained to the A employee

that BASEL and FLANAGAN had come to Senator Landrieu's office to repair t e phone system. which was not in need of repair. BASEL and FLANAGAN again said they were telephone repairmen, an BASEL asked the GSA employee to take them to the phone system's "central box" so that they ould perform repair work. The GSA employee asked BASEL and FLANAGAN credentials. BASEL and FLANAGAN if they had a work rder or

responded that the work order and their redentials were

in their truck, which was parked just outside of the building, The GSA employee then informed BASEL and FLANAGAN that he would escort them to their truck so that they c uld provide

the work order to him and present their credentials to him. While WiTNESS I took BASEL and FLANAGAN to the GSA office, 0 KEEFE

remained in Senator Landrieu's office. He continued to record the office and the emaining staff members. O'KEEFE stayed in the office for approximately six more minutes be ore pretending

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to take a phone call from "Sam" and leaving the office. Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United Sta s Marshal's Office would testify that, in individual interviews on or about January 25, 2010, FLANAGAN admitted that they were 'not telephone repairmen and that they ent red the office of Senator Landrieu under false pretenses. OtKEEFE further admitted that he panned the

activity and recorded BASEL and FLANAGAN inside of Senator Landrieu's of Ice. Investigators would further testify that BASEL, DAI, FLANAGAN. and O'KE FE each

admitted in individual interviews that they collectively brain stormed scenarios t engage the Senator's staff in conversation, which they ... would record. BASEL, DAI, FLAN GAN, and

O'KEEFE admitted that they worked together in the planning, coordination, and preparation of
the activities. In this case, further investigation did not uncover evidence that thedefen ants intended

to commit any felony after the entry by false pretenses despite their initial statem nts to the staff of the Senatorial office and GSA requesting access to the central.phone system. Government's evidence would show that the defendants misrepresented themsel nstead, the s and their

purpose for gaining access to the central phone system to orchestrate a conversati n about phone caJJs to the Senator's staff and capture the conversation on video, not to actually phone system, or to commit any other felony. mper with the

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Both the Government and the defendants, JOSEPH BASEL~ STAN DA • ROBERT FLANAGAN. and JAMES O'KEEFE, do hereby stipulate and agree that the a ove facts are

true and that they set fortha sufficient factual basis for the crime to which the de endants are pleading guilty.

APPROVED AND ACCEPTED:

ANGINSBER
:l\ssistant United States Attorney Illinois Bar Roll No. 6282956

Date

J. ADIGAN, ESQ .. Att rney for the Defendant Washington D.C. Bar Roll No.
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Appendix XII-Bl

CIVIL CASE INFORMATION STATEMENT (CIS)
Use for initial Law Division Civil Part pleadings (not motions) under Rule 4:5-1 Pleading will be rejected for filing, under Rule 1:S-6(c), if information above the black bar is not completed or attorney's signature is not affixed
ATIORNEY / PRO SE NAME TELEPHONE NUMBER

FOR USE BY CLERK'S OFFICE ONLY PAYMENT TYPE: CHGICKNO. AMOUNT: OVERPAYMENT: SA TCH NUMBER: DCK DCG DCA

COUNTY OF VENUE

Benjamin D. Light, Esq.
FIRM NAME (if applicable)

(973) 403-9100

Bergen
DOCKET NUMBER (when available)

Aromando & Light
OFFICE ADDRESS DOCUMENT TYPE

195 Fairfield Avenue, Suite 40 West Caldwell, NJ 07006
NAME OF PARTY (e.g" John Doe, Plaintiff) CAPTION

COMPLAINT
JURY DEMAND • YES

o

No

James O'Keefe, III, Plaintiff

James O'Keefe, III v. Current Media, LLC, Keith Olbermann and David Shuster
IS THIS A PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE CASE? DYES • NO CASE LAW

CASE TYPE NUMBER (See reverse side for listing)

609
RELATED CASES PENDING? DYES • NO

IF YOU HAVE CHECKED "YES," SEE NJ. S.A 2A:53 A -27 AND APPLICABLE REGARDING YOUR OBLIGATION TO FILE AN AFFIDAVIT OF MERIT. IF YES, LIST DOCKET NUMBERS

DO YOU ANTICIPATE ADDING ANY PARTIES (arising out of same transaction or occurrence)? DYES • No

NAME OF DEFENDANT'S

PRIMARY INSURANCE COMPANY

(if known)

o

NONE UNKNOWN

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS FORM CANNOT BE INTRODUCED INTO EVIDENCE.
CASE CHARACTERISTICS FOR PURPOSES OF DETERMINING IFCASE IS APPROPRIATE FOR MEDIATION DO PARTIES HAVE A CURRENT, PAST OR RECURRENT RELATIONSHIP? DYES • No

o o

IF YES, IS THAT RELATIONSHIP: EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE FAMILIAL

o FRIEND/NEIGHBOR o BUSINESS

o

OTHER(explain)

DOES THE STATUTE GOVERNING THIS CASE PROVIDE FOR PAYMENT OF FEES BY THE LOSING PARTY? USE THIS SPACE TO ALERT THE COURT TO ANY SPECIAL CASE CHARACTERISTICS ACCELERATED DISPOSITION

DYES

No

THAT MAY WARRANT INDIVIDUAL MANAGEMENT OR

f~1 ' '<5 Ly"

DO YOUOR YOURCLIENTNEEDANY DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS? DYES DYES • • No WILL AN INTERPRETER NEEDED? BE NO

IF YES,PLEASEIDENTIFY THE REQUESTED ACCOMMODATION IF YES,FORWHATLANGUAGE?

Icertify that confiden~~_ntifiers redacted from all docu s su
ATTORNEYSIGNAT~

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haV;;tfnn redacted from documents now submitted e in accordance with Rule 1 :3S-7(b).

to the court,

and will be

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CIVIL CASE INFORMATION STATEMENT
(CIS)
Use for initial pleadings (not motions) under Rule 4:5-1

CASE TYPES (Choose one and enter number of case type in appropriate space on the reverse side.)
Track I - 150 days' discovery
151 NAME CHANGE 175 FORFEITURE 302 TENANCY 399 REAL PROPERTY (other than Tenancy, Contract. Condemnation, Complex Commercial or Construction) 502 BOOK ACCOUNT (debt collection mailers only) 505 OTHER INSURANCE CLAIM (including declaratory judgment actions) 506 PIP COVERAGE 510 UM or UIM CLAIM (coverage issues only) 511 ACTION ON NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENT 512 LEMON LAW 801 SUMMARY ACTION 802 OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS ACT (summary action) 999 OTHER (briefly describe nature of action)

Track II - 300 days' discovery
305 509 599 603N 603Y 605 610 621 699 005 301 602 604 606 607 608 609 616 617 618 156 303 508 513 514 620 701 280 285 288 289 248 266 271 274 278 279 CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT (other than CEPA or LAD) CONTRACT/COMMERCIAL TRANSACTION AUTO NEGLIGENCE - PERSONAL INJURY {non-verbal threshold} AUTO NEGLIGENCE - PERSONAL INJURY (verbal threshold) PERSONAL INJURY AUTO NEGLIGENCE - PROPERTY DAMAGE UM or UIM CLAIM (includes bodily injury) TORT - OTHER CIVIL RIGHTS CONDEMNATION ASSAULT AND BATTERY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE PRODUCT LIABILITY PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE TOXIC TORT DEFAMATION WHISTLEBLOWER I CONSCIENTIOUS EMPLOYEE PROTECTION ACT (CEPA) CASES INVERSE CONDEMNATION LAW AGAINST DISCRIMINATION (LAD) CASES

Track III - 450 days' discovery

Track IV - Active Case Management

by Individual

Judge 1450 days' discovery

ENVIRONMENTAUENVIRONMENTAL MT. LAUREL COMPLEX COMMERCIAL COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE FRAUD FALSE CLAIMS ACT ACTIONS IN LIEU OF PREROGATIVE

COVERAGE LITIGATION

WRITS 290 291 292 293 281 282 284 286 287 601 POMPTON LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION PELVIC MESH/GYNECARE PELVIC MESH/BARD DEPUY ASR HIP IMPLANT LITIGATION BRISTOl·MYERS SQUIBB ENVIRONMENTAL FOSAMAX NUVARING lEVAQUIN YAZlYASMIN/OCELLA ASBESTOS

Centrally

Managed Litigation

(Track IV)

lELNORM STRYKER TRIDENT HIP IMPLANTS PRUDENTIAL TORT LITIGATION REGLAN CIBA GEIGY HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (HRT) ACCUTANE/ISOTRETINOIN RISPERDAUSEROQUEUZYPREXA lOMETA/AREOlA GADOLINIUM

Mass Tort (Track IV)

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