Crying Nazi liable in Charlottesville lawsuit
Crying Nazi Christopher Cantwell was found liable on Tuesday by a Virginia jury for his role in organizing the deadly Unite the Right rally.
Cantwell, 40, a former talk radio host, current convict, and occasional FBI informant, now owes $500,000 in damages.
Cantwell is one of about two-dozen right-wing and white supremacist defendants found liable in the lawsuit brought by Charlottesville residents under the Ku Klux Klan Act. The lawsuit claims Cantwell and white supremacists Richard Spencer, Andrew Anglin and Jason Kessler, as well as groups like the League of the South, the National Socialist Movement, conspired to cause violence at the rally.
The jury found the individuals and groups did conspire. The individual defendants are all ordered to pay $500,000 each, and the organizations are ordered to pay $1 million each.
The Unite the Right rally over the weekend of August 11 and 12 in 2017 saw white supremacists and neo-nazis from across the country converge on the college town. The lawsuit states the intent was to terrorize the people in the town and commit acts of violence while national media was watching.
One of the defendants, James Alex Fields Jr., drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer. Fields pleaded guilty and is currently serving a life sentence.
The Unite the Right rally saw tiki-torch wielding Nazi’s descend on Charlottesville for days of chaos and violence, with the Nazi’s chanting about “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”
Cantwell was convicted of assault in 2018 for pepper spraying counter protesters during the rally and he was sentenced to never return to Virginia as a result.
His extreme, on the record, hate of Jews is cited in the lawsuit.
“Cantwell has stated that he ‘realized that [Jewish people] were responsible for the communism,’ and decided, ‘let’s fucking gas the kikes and have a race war,’” the lawsuit states. “He has written: “I think chemical and biological weapons can do a great deal of good for mankind. Releasing nerve gas or some kind of lethal virus into a left wing protest could prepare the bodies for physical removal without making a big scene for the cameras or destroying anything of value.’”
Cantwell was convicted last year in New Hampshire on one count of transmitting extortionate communications and one count of threatening to injure person or property for his harassment of members of the hate group, Bowl Patrol.
Cantwell is currently appealing that conviction, claiming that the government improperly used an audio recording he supplied to the FBI in which he discusses possibly killing Ben Lambert/Cheddar Mane with his ex-fiancee Katelyn “Peach” Fry.
Cantwell was first jailed in January of 2020 when FBI agents arrested him at his home in Keene on charges he threatened Ben Lambert, the white supremacist known online as Cheddar Mane, over the identity of a third white supremacist, Vic Mackey.
Lambert/Cheddar Mane is a member of the hate group The Bowl Patrol, named for the hair cut of racist mass murderer Dylan Roof, whom members of The Bowl Patrol idolize in the online forums.
Cantwell and his white supremacist internet radio show, Radical Agenda, ran afoul of The Bowl Patrol, leading to the group’s members to prank call Cantwell’s show and otherwise harass him online. Cantwell responded by threatening to rape Cheddar Mane/Lambert's wife and call child protective services if Cheddar Mane/Lambert did not give up the real identity Vic Mackey, one of The Bowl Patrol leaders.
“So if you don’t want me to come and (expletive) your wife in front of your kids, then you should make yourself scarce[.] Give me Vic, it’s your only out.” Cantwell wrote. “Get a (expletive) life or you will lose the one you have,” Cantwell wrote to the alleged victim, according to the new indictments. “you’re the one who is going to suffer cause you’re the one I can get.”
Mackey has subsequently been publicly outed as Sacramento, California resident Andrew Casarez. According to J Weekly, the Jewish News of Northern California, Casarez lives in the suburb of Orangevale with his parents and grandmother.
Cantwell is appealing the Cheddar Mane verdict, but he has sought numerous deadline extensions to file the brief in the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in part, because of the Charlottesville lawsuit.
Cantwell first moved to Keene as part of the libertarian Free State Project, and he was a visible member of the Free Keene group. Free Keene distanced from Cantwell when he started espousing racism and violence.