Political action committee The Virginia Project has filed a lawsuit against the moderator of the Facebook group Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County for remarks that they say have injured and damaged the project’s reputation, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit, filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court, seeks $500,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from Jaime Ann Neidig-Wheaton.
“We do not believe the defamatory tale was a one-person effort, and indeed the defendant indicates that others were conferred with,” The Virginia Project stated on its website.
“We will find out who, when, and how this tale was invented,” the group said. “This is but the first of many lawsuits against many defendants in a very complex case.”
Philip Bradfield, an attorney representing the political action committee, said his client is demanding a trial by jury for her false factual statements and allegations made during a public livestream on March 18.
The Virginia Project claims that during a March 18 livestream with host Atiba Madyun, Neidig-Wheaton said “TVP was ‘spurring’ unnamed people to threaten her, other members of the ARPLC and their children.”
TVP said in the compliant that the livestream followed an online Facebook meeting on March 12 in which ARPLC members sought to identify and list names, addresses, employers, etc., of parents who opposed critical race theory in Loudoun County Public Schools.
The American Bar Association has defined critical race theory as the understanding that race is “socially constructed and socially significant,” that “racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions.”
Additionally, TVP claims that the Facebook group publicly sought to expose parents who are opposed to CRT, infiltrate organizations such as TVP and Parents Against Critical Theory (PACT) who opposed CRT, and recruit computer hackers to hack into and disable websites of anti-CRT organizations.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to the Times-Mirror in April that it was investigating the claim that a member of the group suggested enlisting the services of a hacker, but provided no further details. The “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” group is no longer publicly available on Facebook.
Reached by text message Tuesday afternoon, Neidig-Wheaton declined to comment on the lawsuit.