Last month I informed the Daily Kos community about the draft defamation complaint I received from Robert F. Kennedy’s attorneys concerning a 2020 post I wrote about his speech in Berlin that was organized by a right-wing extremist group. He was asking for a “monetary settlement” before filing the complaint in the Southern District of New York. I refused, of course, to discuss any settlement for this ridiculous lawsuit.
Last week Kennedy, through his attorneys, demanded a $1million settlement from my insurance carrier for “estimated damages” in excess of $1.5 million or he would “initiate the suit by the end of the month if unable to resolve the matter.” Exactly what these “damages” are has so far not been explained.
Why is he pursuing a defamation against me when major media groups such as The Daily Beast, The National Review, The Washington Post and others have called RFK Jr. a charlatan, an anti-Semite, and other derogatory appellations — far more damaging than anything I wrote? My guess is that he thinks shaking down my insurance carrier would be easier and quicker than going after these large media groups. No doubt he needs the cash for his “campaign” now that money from his MAGA Republican donors has dried up as his poll numbers plummet.
Needless to say, this latest threat from RFK Jr. will be ignored.