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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?

Naffe twote:
I'm not looking for an apology. I've been the one apologizing, to people I recorded w/O'keefe since 2010.

and added:
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

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  •  what is statute of limitations on attempted rape? (4+ / 0-)
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    Shockwave, rja, here4tehbeer, AnnetteK

    and you have to wonder if this is a pattern of conduct since frequently the assault a rapist is charged with/convicted of is not his first or even close to his first  

    •  there was also the boat incident (3+ / 0-)

      Where O'Keefe apparently planned to try to seduce a CNN reporter on a boat stocked with porn and sex toys. He pretty much looks like the poster boy for Rohypnol, so I wouldn't be surprised if there are more incidents of this kind of behavior.

    •  'attempted rape' is a bit unsupported (0+ / 0-)

      ...at this point, no one is saying this rose (or sunk?) to the level of attempted rape, which would mean the perp acted on the plan to rape.

      If someone does believe O'Keefe drugged Naffe, or if any man drugs any woman, it's logical to speculate he does so because he wants to lower her resistance and have his way with her. This happens all the time in our country and often without drugs, if alcohol alone incapacitates the victim.

      But I don't think anyone is saying O'Keefe acted on any intent to rape. Many online state their opinions that he would, and Naffe latest tweets speak about "impairment by substances" (through spelling errors), but this alleges only that he acted on the intent to drug her and the rest would all be thought crimes which only try people in the court of public opinion.

      Accused in this incident by Naffe, O'Keefe knows what it's like to be on the other side of the same issue - he is still in the middle of a lawsuit for accusing Juan Carlos Vera of condoning statutory rape in an ACORN video that was deemed deceptively edited by the Attorney General of California.

      Vera was fired and had his name besmirched, with O'Keefe hiding the fact that Vera contacted police responsibly.

      What is provable is that O'Keefe has cost taxpayers dearly, fabricating stories of rape, kidnapping and human trafficking which resulted in investigations and lawsuits, but this is nothing compared to the expense of Congress voting to defund ACORN only to be reversed because it was unconstitutional. That might have cost you and I in the millions, all wasted and all based on O'Keefes videos, proven deceptively edited.

      As a fiscal conservative, I'd recommend charges of criminal mischief for falsifying accounts of conspiracies afoot to smuggle in little immigrant girls for sexual exploitation. I thought only law enforcement could stage crimes in sting operations, until O'Keefe became the Alan Funt of underage whoremongers.

      But O'Keefe's crew is actually being investigated for this now, (again burning through taxpayer money) by the Attorney General in New Hampshire where they are said to have taped people without consent and requested ballots posing as dead people. Over 100,000 taxpayers petitioned the state to step in and charge O'Keefe saying his make-believe crimes in this case were actual crimes according to state election and privacy law.

  •  I clicked over to the screencaps of those Tweets. (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnetteK

    Is Andy Bart's Twitter avatar really a picture of his face burned into a piece of toast akin to that of a popular religious figure?

    Really?

    Wow. That boy's the just pinnacle of journalism, ain't he?

    Conservatives: what about the 99% of the Bible and Constitution you ignore?

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:26:40 PM PST

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