Last Friday's report on the hypocrisy of Andrew Breitbart's selective concern for alleged rape victims in "Does Breitbart's Rape Rant Apply to James O'Keefe's Alleged "Barn" Incident??" brought up a variety of rape-related issues that showed Breitbart seemed to be selectively exploiting the issue. Also Friday, Current TV put the claims of Nadia Naffe on the TV for the first time.
Breitbart stated plainly he'd screamed "stop raping people" to OWS demonstrators as a "stunt" to get attention focused on the underreporting of a handful of alleged rapes at OWS. After accusing people in mass quantities of being rapists, we thought it odd that Breitbart wasn't addressing criminal harrassment allegations made against his star reporter James O'Keefe.
Last December, a Breitbart columnist named Nadia Naffe filed a complaint alleging O'Keefe became verbally abusive after drinks, trying to coerce her to spend the night in his "barn" - as she realized she was losing muscle control.
The story aired on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, with fill-in host David Shuster unloading on Breitbart as a "hypocrite" and "frequently unstable publicity seeking hack" who he said refused to comment on the issue when contacted. Shuster found this appropriate, because he said Breitbart didn't witness anything between and Naffe and O'Keefe and wasn't involved - but Naffe has shared new details claiming Breitbart knew, even as events were unfolding that night that Naffe wanted his help.
Breitbart finally spoke out - after Shuster tweeted the link to his segment on Breitbart. Shuster said:
"This alleged rape plot by @jamesokeefeiii + silence by @andrewbreitbart proves AB is a hypocrite."
Seething, Breitbart twote back:
"There is no 'rape plot' you slanderous, libelous wannabe Media Matters smear junkie".
This prompted Nadia Naffe to break her silence, tweeting to Breitbart:
"Now, your an expert on 'rape plots'? I called you that night I was held in the barn to ask for help."
This is apparently the first time anywhere the public has heard her characterize her ordeal at O'Keefe's parents property as being "held". If true, it also reveals that Naffe reached out to Breitbart for help when she was experiencing problems with O'Keefe.
Naffe's complaint described O'Keefe becoming argumentative as she expressed a desire to leave O'Keefe's parents' premises before, but the word "held" could be construed differently, for example if her movements or freedom were restricted.
Sounding testy, this writer believes Breitbart's out-of-hand dismissal of the idea that there was no "alleged rape plot" annoyed Naffe. This seems to support the point in the article - that Breitbart's publicity-seeking and concern for alleged victim's rights didn't seem to extend to Naffe, while he caterwauled like a maniac in publicizing the plight of those allegedly accosted at OWS.
Naffe had been retweeting Breitbart's tweets as recently as Feb. 14, suggesting she must have been at least lukewarm towards Breitbart. But this tweet by Naffe to Breitbart doesn't appear to convey he was much help to her the night she alleges she lost her ability to walk. It appears Naffe and Breitbart see the incident differently, with Naffe questioning Breitbart on what does and doesn't constitute an 'alleged rape plot'.
Adding to the contention have been threats of legal action made by O'Keefe, also via public tweets, because Shuster referred to him as a "convicted felon" instead of "convicted criminal" - O'Keefe's guilty plea was on a misdemeanor charge. O'Keefe claims this was no accident, because Countdown had made the same "lie" before. A commenter on the Current TV web page for the segment corrected the error within hours.
Naffe's latest tweets suggest she is fired up about the hypocrisy and bullying and is planning to speak out about O'Keefe's alleged harassment and "recordings" she'd helped O'Keefe make in past "agitprop" undertakings.
Naffe on the legal threats:
O'keefe's threat to sue @DavidShuster into silence is just like the one he used to bully me not to report crime to police.
Then, in reply to this tweet by Shuster:
Hey @JamesokeefeIII apologize to @nadianaffe. And @AndrewBreitbart why wont u condemn his alleged sex assault plan?
I'm not looking for an apology. I've been the one apologizing, to people I recorded w/O'keefe since 2010.
Would not expect public condemnation of O'keefe by @AndrewBreitbart. Admitting your wrong isn't good for business.
Later, Naffe twote:
I still dont know the identity of the man O'keefe brought with him to the barn that night, to intimidate or worse, assault me
and finally, she seems now ready to go public with her version of the incident and talk about her involvement going back to 2010 in making "recordings" of people Naffe feels a need to apologize to:
Working on a post abt what happened at the barn in NJ, and my work as an accomplice to a "convicted criminal" O'keefe et al
Updated: screen shots and the latest at Opednews.com