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Three disreputable web sites including GotNews.com, FreedomDaily.com and GatewayPundit.com have been named in a federal lawsuit accusing them of defamation for allegedly falsely naming an innocent teenager as the driver who rammed into and killed a counter-demonstrator at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
Jerome Vangheluwe and his 16-year-old-son Joel had to flee their Michigan home due to death threats resulting from being falsely accused in the 12 August 2017 attack, after they were tagged with charges of “assault, terrorism, conspiracies, murder, and racially charged violence,” according to the lawsuit. Chuck C. Johnson and Jim Hoft, who run GotNews and Gateway Pundit, respectively, are among 20 defendants personally named in the complaint filed on 14 February 2018 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit seeks damages for defamation, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.[…]
Shortly after the attack on 12 August 2017, GotNews falsely named 16-year-old Joel Vangheluwe as the driver with a story headlined “BREAKING: #Charlottesville Car Terrorist Is Anti-Trump, Open Borders Druggie.” The GotNews story and subsequent articles incorporated images of the Vangheluwes’ social media accounts, including revealing personal information, and alleged Joel Vangheluwe was a drug user. The Vangheluwes were attending a family wedding as the false information spread online, and their social media and email accounts were soon flooded with angry and threatening messages, according to court documents.