Michigan Men File Lawsuit Against Alt-Right Media Outlet
Jerome Vangheluwe and his son Joel have filed a lawsuit claiming defamation against an alt-right website after what they explain as being falsely accused by the website of playing a role in the death of a counter-protester at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.
The Vangheluwe’s fingered the website and its founder, Charles Johnson, as the perpetrators of the offense against them. The complaint was filed in a Detroit Federal Court on Wednesday. The Vangheluwe’s have secured the legal representation of Andrew Sommerman of Dallas and Raechel Badalamenti, who practices in Clinton Township, Michigan.
The details of the lawsuit explain that the website GotNews provided a false report that Joel was the driver a Dodge Challenger that barreled into a group of individuals protesting against fascism at last August’s ‘Unite The Right’ rally.
When the attack occurred, the Vangheluwe’s explain that they were present in their home where they were the hosts for a wedding involving a family member. The men say they were flooded with messages via social media accounts regarding the story published by GotNews that falsely linked the younger Vangheluwe to the attack.
GotNews explains its actions by saying they gathered evidence that Joel was the owner of the car used in the attack. The conclusion made on the part of the publication was due to the fact that a license plate search for the vehicle identified Jerome Vandgheluwe as the registered owner of the vehicle. The publication then scanned the social media accounts of Joel Vandgheluwe and assumed him to be the driver of the car after finding an image of the car on Facebook.
James Fields Jr., who hails from Maumee, Ohio is the true suspect in the attack that caused the death of Heather Heyer, who was working as a legal assistant and was 32 years of age at the time of her death. Fields has been charged with second-degree murder.