OAN’s Abril Elfi
5:54 PM – Tuesday, August 22, 2023
A judge recently ruled that the three individuals who were accused of assaulting conservative journalist Andy Ngo now owe him $300,000 in damages.
On Monday, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Chanpone Sinlapasai ruled that the three no-show defendants, Katherine Belyea, Madison Allen, and Joseph Evans, must split the damages equally and pay Ngo $300,000.
Evans now goes by the legal name Sammich Overkill Schott-Deputy.
According to the lawsuit, Schott-Deputy was “one of the first to strike” Ngo while live-streaming a protest in downtown Portland on May 29th, 2019. Allen reportedly smashed Ngo’s head with a sign and Belyea dumped a milkshake on him.
The lawsuit also states that the journalist was able to “break away” during the encounter and later walked to the central police station as ordered by a medic team affiliated with the Portland Police.
Ngo was then subsequently transported by EMS to Oregon Health & Science University, where he was “diagnosed with a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage and hospitalized overnight.”
During his testimony, Ngo told the court that the “near-death experience” he had during the attack in 2019 has been the subject of a continuous joke by “violent extremists,” which he said was both “distressing” and “scary,” the press reported.
“Those who wish harm on me, they always refer to it as the ‘milkshake incident’ to mock my injuries and celebrate it,” Ngo said. “The near-death experience, for it to continually be a joke to violent extremists, it’s distressing and it’s scary.”
Schott-Deputy’s attorney had argued that his client did not attend the trial since he was homeless and serving prison sentences in both New York and Oregon at the time he had been served. However, Sinlapasai argued that he was fully aware of the lawsuit against him.
The conservative journalist posted on X, the social platform formerly known as Twitter, following his court win.
“Collecting on these judgments will pose serious challenges; however, I’m deeply grateful for the support of the @liberty_ctr and my counsel Dorothy Yamamoto, Gregory Michael, Harmeet Dhillon, James Buchal and @mark_trammell for believing in me, and helping me hold these attackers accountable for trying to violently silence my First Amendment rights,” Mr. Ngo wrote.
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