Conservative activist James O’Keefe has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former employee of ACORN in National City, Calif., in order to settle a lawsuit, according to media reports and federal court documents.
In the documents, O’Keefe says he “regrets any pain” he caused Juan Carlos Vera, who was surreptitiously interviewed by O’Keefe in August 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. The video appears to show Vera agreeing to help O’Keefe and another activist, Hannah Giles, smuggle young girls into the Untied States to work as prostitutes.
O’Keefe also admitted in the settlement he didn’t know Vera had contracted police after their conversation when he distributed the video.
The lawsuit argued O’Keefe broke a state law barring the secret recording of someone’s voice or image. Jerry Brown, then California’s attorney general and now its governor, gave O’Keefe and Giles immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for turning over unedited videos made in National City, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.
TVNL Comment: The video led to the destruction of ACORN and its valuable community outreach to voters. The lies perpetuated by O'Keefe still remain the perceived truth.