A liberal activist who was the subject of a mistaken identity in a Tweet by actor James Woods is suing for $3 million, reports reveal.
Ohio resident Portia A. Boulger — described as a 64-year-old “activist for progressive causes and for the Democratic Party” — is suing the actor for his Tweet incorrectly identifying her as a person giving a Nazi salute in a photo taken at a Donald Trump rally in March of 2016.
According to the complaint posted by TheWrap.com, Woods posted a tweet “with a picture of and caption relating to Ms. Boulger, identifying her as a leader of ‘women for Bernie’ and Ohio grassroots organizer.” The lawsuit says that Woods’ tweet read, ‘So-called #Trump ‘Nazi’ is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative.”
It turned out, though, that Woods’ identification of the photo as that of as Boulger was incorrect. Boulger was not at the rally in Chicago. Boulger claims that despite learning of his mistaken identification, Woods left the Tweet up.
The lawsuit continues saying, “Mr. Woods did not remove his tweet identifying Ms. Boulger as the woman who made the Nazi salute. Mr. Woods’ tweet was retweeted more than 5,000 times, his account has more than 350,000 followers.”
After being contacted by Boulger’s lawyer, Woods did post a second Tweet alerting his fans that the previous tweet was wrong and that it was “false, insulting and demeaning.” Despite the clarification, though, Bougler claimed it was all “too little, too late.”
“During the period from March 12, 2016 through March 23, 2016, while Mr. Woods’ tweet remained posted on his Twitter account, Ms. Boulger received hundreds of obscene and threatening messages, including death threats,” the complaint concludes.
Woods’ attorney released a statement slamming the “bogus lawsuit.”
“My client is no doubt surprised by this patently bogus lawsuit,” attorney Michael E. Weinsten said. “In response to a rumor circulating on the internet about Ms. Boulgar’s alleged affiliation with a Trump rally, Mr. Woods tweeted a question seeking clarification. On its face, that is not defamation. In fact, Mr. Woods went out of his way to defend Ms. Boulgar against alleged harassment. This case proves the adage ‘no good deed goes unpunished.'”
The photo was originally published by the Chicago Tribune and was identified as a photo of Trump supporter Brigitt Peterson.
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