Journalist Andy Ngo was awarded $300,000 in damages on Aug. 21 after a judge ruled in his favor in a lawsuit accusing three alleged Antifa rioters of having physically attacked him.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Chanpone Sinlapasai found the three defendants, Corbyn (Katherine) Belyea, Madison “Denny” Lee Allen, and Joseph Evans—who now goes by the legal name of Sammich Overkill Schott-Deputy—liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress during the virtual court hearing at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
The three defendants, who did not defend themselves in court and were found in default after not responding to Mr. Ngo’s complaint, were also ordered by the judge to equally split the damage payments among themselves.
Responding to the ruling, Mr. Ngo, editor-at-large for The Post Millennial news site, called it a “victory” but still a “small vindication for the disappointing jury verdict earlier this month at trial.”
During that trial, a jury in Portland cleared two activists of all civil liability in a lawsuit filed by Mr. Ngo alleging attacks against him beginning in 2019.
‘Determined to Hold Antifa Accountable’
“Collecting on these judgments will pose serious challenges; however, I’m deeply grateful for the support of the @liberty_ctr and my counsel Dorothy Yamamoto, Gregory Michael, Harmeet Dhillon, James Buchal and @mark_trammell for believing in me, and helping me hold these attackers accountable for trying to violently silence my First Amendment rights,” Mr. Ngo wrote on X.
“While it will continue to be a steep uphill battle to collect today’s awarded damages given the default defendants’ history of evasion, I remain determined to hold Antifa and its members accountable for their violent attacks,” he added.
Monday’s ruling was the result of a lawsuit originally filed by the Center for American Liberty on behalf of the investigative journalist in 2020.
The lawsuit alleged the defendants and other Antifa members had sought to suppress Mr. Ngo’s activities “through a coordinated campaign of threatened and actual violence, harassment, and stalking.”
“Ngo, with his persistent reporting, has brought to light many misdeeds of this terrorist organization and is perhaps more responsible than any other American journalist for increasing public awareness of the threat Antifa and its followers pose to public safety,” the lawsuit stated.