C-Ville Weekly sued by plaintiff in the city Confederate monuments lawsuit

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A popular Charlottesville publication is being sued for defamation.

Charlottesville Weekly is being sued by one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the city regarding the Confederate statues downtown.

Edward Dickinson Tayloe II says in the suit against C-Ville Weekly he was wrongly portrayed as racist and an opponent of people of color in one of the publication's articles.

Charles Weber, a spokesperson for Tayloe, says Tayloe suffered emotional distress, humiliation, and professional and business harm.

"They investigated his family and went back centuries and depicted him as if he is in this lawsuit for the sole purpose of promoting white supremacy and continuing, as Jalane Schmidt said, to 'roil the lives of black people,'" he said.

Weber says the comments are intentionally false and misleading, which is why Tayloe filed the defamation lawsuit.

C-Ville Weekly reporter Lisa Provence and local activist Jalane Schmidt are also named in the suit.

Dickinson is asking for $1 million plus $350,000 from each defendant.

The C-Ville Weekly defendants declined to comment for this story. As of air time, Schmidt has not responded to an email request for comment.



 
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