CNN Shocked By Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit

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( – Jacob Hiles from Virginia had been one of the people who has admitted being a part of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and has now sued CNN for defamation.

Hiles, who is a charter boat captain, stated that on that day he had visited Washington D.C. to support then-President Donald Trump as was his 1st Amendment right under the United States Constitution. In his lawsuit which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, he claims that CNN had published on October 15, 2021, an article which had defamed him. In the article, the publication had included information on Capitol police officers Michael Angelo Riley’s indictment after he had encouraged Hiles online to delete some of his posts.

Hiles, who has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building and sentenced to two years of probation, has posted many videos and photos on his Facebook page on Jan. 6, 2021.

An FBI affidavit also points to one specific selfie he had posted from that morning in which he had written: “Feelin cute…might start a revolution later.”

However, in the lawsuit, Hiles argues that CNN’s article places a lot of focus on him as the man who was looking to start a revolution on that day. In the lawsuit, Hiles alleges that the subheading and article were defamatory as they had portrayed him as someone who had committed criminal activities that he was not charged or indicted of.

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