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Elon Musk is being sued for defamation after falsely claiming a person was a neo-Nazi on X

Elon Musk has been on one thing of a suing spree recently, however on Monday Twitter’s new proprietor was hit with a contemporary inbound lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that Musk defamed a California man after the proprietor of X (previously Twitter) claimed that the latest faculty graduate was a federal agent working undercover with a neo-Nazi group within the Pacific Northwest.

Members of the group, generally known as the Rose Metropolis Nationalists, had their masks eliminated throughout a scuffle at an LGBTQ delight occasion in Oregon. When footage from the occasion appeared on-line, some X customers incorrectly recognized one among males concerned within the incident as Benjamin Brody, a 22-year-old who belonged to a Jewish fraternity and beforehand remarked on the fraternity’s web site that he needed a job with the federal government.

Musk amplified the false claims on X on the time, describing the incident — and Brody’s purported involvement — as a “most likely false flag scenario.” When Musk waded into the false conspiracy idea, his huge presence on the platform resulted in a deluge of hate towards Brody. Based on the lawsuit, Brody and his household had been “repeatedly doxed and suffered an unlimited wave of harassment from belligerent strangers.”

“Two weeks after Musk’s statements, it was obvious to Ben that his fame had been catastrophically broken and that an enormous variety of folks believed he was both a neo-Nazi or a provocateur concerned in a misleading “psyop” to commit political terrorism,” the lawsuit reads.

This isn’t the primary time Musk has been sued for defamation over careless and inflammatory remarks. British cave diver Vernon Unsworth sued Musk for calling him a “pedo man” throughout a heated back-and-forth centered on the 2018 rescue operation to avoid wasting youngsters trapped in a collapse Thailand. Musk in the end triumphed in court docket in 2019.

The lawsuit is being led by Mark Bankston, the identical lawyer who famously took Alex Jones to job in court docket after the right-wing media determine unfold Sandy Hook conspiracies for years. Jones misplaced a flurry of defamation instances and in the end was ordered to pay the surviving households of Sandy Hook victims greater than a billion {dollars} in damages.

“In the present day, I’m proud to announce I’ve filed swimsuit in opposition to one more infamous disseminator of false data: The proprietor of this platform, Elon Musk,” Bankston wrote in an extended thread on X. “Musk is not going to cease till somebody stops him. Plainly accountability now falls upon a shy 22-year-old whose life has been shaken by Musk’s reckless conduct.”

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