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You may remember the story of John Matthew Monti. He’s the bilingual schoolteacher from Los Angeles who last year claimed he had been attacked by a group of migrant workers in Rancho Penasquitos. I mentioned Monti in this story last year on the legal troubles encountered by anti-illegal immigration activists.
Monti appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes” show shortly after the incident claiming he had been attacked. The television show broadcast a wanted poster of the migrant workers. Soon after that, Monti was prosecuted by the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. He was charged with nine misdemeanor charges. None of the charges stuck and Monti was acquitted on all counts.
Well, Monti’s back. He’s just filed a cross-complaint for damages against seven of the migrant workers, immigration activist Claudia Smith, the San Diego Police Department, and SDPD Det. Patrick Lenhardt.
The lawsuit claims Monti was attacked by the migrant workers, that Monti was charged despite having committed no crime, and that the SDPD and immigration activists conspired against him. He’s seeking an unspecified amount of money for medical costs, punitive damages, emotional distress and legal expenses.
You can read Monti’s complaint here.
I’ve put in a call to Monti and his attorney but no word back from them yet.