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Mediaite: James O’Keefe ‘Accomplice’ Nadia Naffe To Tell All
-by Tommy Christopher
March 16, 2012- Conservative activist James O’Keefe is leaving a trail of disgruntled former associates in his wake, but the latest of these could deal a fatal blow to the ACORN auteur’s reputation. Nadia Naffe, who filed a criminal harassment complaint against O’Keefe in November (it was dismissed due to jurisdictional issues), has begun publishing a multi-part series of posts to her blog, the first of which is entitled “My Time as an Accomplice to Convicted Criminal James O’keefe.”
The next part promises to elaborate on that November incident, which, along with Naffe’s tantalizing Twitter feed, carries disturbing echoes of the Abbie Boudreau “CNN Sex Boat Caper.”
O’Keefe, who has seen his media buzz steadily decline, was, perhaps, most damaged by reports of a failed plot to sexually humiliate then-CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau (now with ABC News). She reported, in September 2010, that, based on documents and eyewitness accounts, James O’Keefe had planned to lure her onto a boat filled with sex toys and hidden cameras. The plan called for the boat to set sail with O’Keefe and Boudreau aboard, so that the reporter would be unable to escape, at which point O’Keefe would try to “seduce” her. The plan called for the “prank” to end with Boudreau in tears, begging to be let off of the boat.
The plot was foiled when conscience-stricken O’Keefe associate Izzy Santa warned Boudreau, minutes before the “caper” was to take place. Even conservatives were quick to denounce O’Keefe, whose antics were already wearing thin with them.
O’Keefe later said that he had rejected some elements of the plan, but Boudreau stood by her reporting, and O’Keefe offered no evidence to support his claim. In an October interview, I asked O’Keefe why he hadn’t released emails or other evidence that would show he rejected the plan. O’Keefe told me that such emails do exist, but that he doesn’t plan on releasing them. Despite having agreed to discuss it, O’Keefe then refused to comment when pressed on the issue.
Naffe’s complaint alleges that O’Keefe invited her to his New Jersey home to work on a project, where she was to stay in a finished barn to save money on hotels. They got into an argument, according to Naffe, and O’Keefe abandoned her in the barn, refusing to take her to a train station so she could go home.
Naffe also alleges that she began to feel physical disorientation, and was eventually unable to move under her own control, after sharing beer with O’Keefe. She said O’Keefe and a friend eventually drove her to Penn Station in New York and thatO’Keefe and his friend had to help her into the car, and that she passed out during the ride. She says she woke up at the train station, and later noticed items, including panties, missing from her luggage.
In the first part of her tell-all, Ms. Naffe talks about an early O’Keefe investigation into Rep. Maxine Waters that she participated in, but which she says was quashed in the wake of the Shirley Sherrod scandal. She says she later wrote to Rep. Waters to ask for forgiveness.