An Oregon judge Monday ordered three individuals to pay a conservative journalist $300,000 in damages as compensation for an assault during a Portland Antifa protest.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Chanpone Sinlapasai directed the three defendants to each pay Andy Ngo $100,000, according to a report from Fox News.
Ngo alleged he was brutally assaulted by members of Rose City Antifa during a protest in downtown Portland in June 2019.
Three of the five men named in his civil suit were ordered to pay damages but two others were cleared of assault by the Portland jury that heard the case.
Sinlapasai held Corbyn (Katherine) Belyea, Madison “Denny” Lee Allen and Joseph Evans accountable for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Evans changed his legal name to Sammich Overkill Schott-Deputy, according to the Fox report, which noted none of the three defendandts found liable appeared during the virtual bench trial.
“It feels like some vindication for a really horrific, re-traumatizing process through the litigation process,” Ngo said in a Fox interview.
“Most people cannot understand how isolating, invasive and disturbing it can be to actually face down people you allege have hurt you, and then to subject yourself to essentially inquisition by their defense, and their gaslighting might make you even question your own sense of your injuries, your own reality.”
Ngo, editor for the Canadian news outlet The Post Millennial, anticipates challenges in collecting the awarded damages.
“While it will continue to be a steep uphill battle to collect today’s awarded damages given the default defendants’ history of evasion, I remain determined to hold Antifa and its members accountable for their violent attacks,” Ngo remarked in a post to his X account.
Ngo’s lawsuit, filed by the Center for American Liberty, alleges that his “unfavorable” reporting on Rose City Antifa members led to violent retaliation against him.
“Defendants have targeted Ngo, including by assaulting and threatening Ngo to the point of causing lasting and significant physical injuries; publicizing private and personal information about the whereabouts of Ngo and his family; and even attempting to break into his family’s home, among a multitude of other threats and acts of violence,” his attorneys argued in court documents.
On June 19, 2019, Ngo reportedly faced two separate attacks. In the first, defendant Katherine Belyea allegedly threw containers with an unknown liquid, believed to be “milkshakes” containing “a concrete-drying substance.”
In the second incident, defendant Joseph Evans, along with other Antifa members, purportedly “threw projectiles, including milkshakes, eggs, and containers; punched; and kicked him.”
“Members also hit him in the head with plywood hard-edged sign placards, and carbon-hardened tactical gloves,” his attorney claimed. Video evidence of the attack was presented in court by Ngo’s attorney.
During the hearing, Cliff Davidson, the defense attorney for defendant Schott-Deputy, sought a jury trial for his client, citing his inability to attend the court session.
Public records indicate that this defendant was also charged for attacking another individual on the same day as Ngo’s assault.
He was later convicted of attempting to commit a Class B felony and began a 36-month probation term May 10, 2022.