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Courthouse News Service: LA Prosecutor Allegedly Defamed Woman to Shield ACORN Saboteur
-By Matt Reynolds
October 4, 2012- LOS ANGELES (CN) - A woman says in court that a Los Angeles County prosecutor defamed her on his blog to silence her claims that conservative activist James O'Keefe had wiretapped a congresswoman's office.
Nadia Naffe sued Deputy District Attorney John Patrick Frey who has purportedly known (nonparty) O'Keefe since the muckraker worked as an intern in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a law school student.
She also names as defendants Frey's wife, Deputy District Attorney Christi Frey; District Attorney Steve Cooley and the county of Los Angeles.
Naffe, a reported Harvard graduate, says she too was a friend and colleague of O'Keefe's until "a frightening incident" in October 2011 when O'Keefe allegedly drugged her in an attempt to sexually assault her in a renovated New Jersey barn.
At that time, O'Keefe was on three years probation for entering federal property during an undercover sting on U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., the complaint says.
A few weeks later, O'Keefe offered to pay her off in return for her silence, according to the complaint.
Naffe says that O'Keefe threatened to sue when she rejected his offer.
After filing a criminal harassment complaint against O'Keefe, Naffe says the late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, whom she describes as a "personal friend," attempted to distort the "barn incident" to discredit her.
She says she challenged Breitbart on Twitter and on her personal blog.
Between February and March 2012, Frey then published dozens of "threatening, harassing, and defamatory statements" on Twitter describing Naffe as "a liar, illiterate, callous, self-absorbed, despicable, a smear artist and absurd," according to her complaint.
Naffe says Frey defamed her because he knew that she was planning to hand over evidence that O'Keefe had wiretapped the office of U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and the OneUnited offices where the congresswoman's husband worked.
Frey wanted to keep this evidence out of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office to "protect the reputations" of O'Keefe and Breitbart, according to the complaint.