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Two weeks after Los Angeles-based anti-illegal immigration activist John Monti was acquitted of charges that he attacked day laborers in Rancho Penasquitos, a San Diego attorney has named Monti in a new suit.
Daniel Gilleon, an attorney who’s worked with the local ACLU and who previously brought a defamation suit against two local Minutemen, filed a civil suit against Monti, San Diego Minutemen founder Jeff Schwilk and Fox News yesterday.
The suit alleges that Monti assaulted three day laborers in Rancho Penasquitos. It refers to the same incident as Monti’s previous criminal charges, which were brought by the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. The suit alleges that Schwilk “incited and encouraged Monti to harass the day laborers and to intimidate them by violence on the basis of their race or national origin.”
The suit also alleges that, after the Penasquitos incident, Monti accused the day laborers of assaulting him and created a “wanted” poster that featured photographs of several day laborers.
According to the lawsuit, Schwilk and Monti:
Posted copies of the poster on telephone poles, business windows, and other public fixtures in the area. As a result plaintiffs were exposed to hatred, contempt and ridicule by members of the public.
On Nov. 29, 2006, the suit alleges, Monti took his poster on “Hannity and Colmes,” a news program operated by Fox News.
Hannity and Colmes showed the plaintiffs in further false light by advertising in large letters at the bottom of the TV screen, in the network’s own words, that plaintiffs were the subject of a “Manhunt at the Border,” thereby aiding and abetting Monti in his ongoing and malicious defamation of plaintiffs.