Facing up to 20 years in prison for his actions in Charlottesville, Virginia during the August "Unite the Right" rally, Christopher Cantwell - also known as "The Crying Nazi" - is now claiming that the people he is accused of attacking with mace actually maced themselves in an effort to “maliciously punish, discredit, vex and harass him.”
The complaint was filed Thursday by Cantwell’s lawyer Elmer Woodward. Cantwell’s complaint names two people who testified in court against him — Emily Gorcenski and Kristopher Goad — claiming they were part of a “cluster” of antifa who attempted to spray him with mace.
Referring to himself and other right-wing rally attendees as "The Monumentals", Cantwell contends that he was simply enjoying his right to free speech while protecting public property in the lawsuit that is seeking $75,000 in damages.
“Antifa was also enjoying rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Virginia,” the document states. “As is their pattern and practice, antifa attacked the Monumentals. Two antifa subsequently swore out false and fraudulent criminal warrants against plaintiff, a Monumental slated to speak at the Aug. 12 rally.”
The complaint acknowledges that Cantwell used pepper spray to defend himself, but argued that he did not hit Gorcenski and Goad, contrary to what they testified in court. Cantwell is seeking $75,000 in damages. He did not respond to a request for comment from VICE News.