The former president of the UC-Berkeley College Republicans has sued a member of the group By Any Means Necessary claiming the Antifa radical’s allegedly frivolous restraining order “restricted his 1st and 2nd Amendment rights and ‘made it difficult’ for him to walk around campus to attend his classes.”
Troy Worden filed the suit for $100,000 Tuesday against Yvette Felarca, the Berkeley Unified School District teacher arrested over the summer for assaulting a white nationalist.
“I am glad that we are no longer playing defense and that we are finally going after BAMN for filing this frivolous action,” Worden said in a press release according to The Daily Californian.
When asked about the suit, Felarca’s response was to laugh out loud.
According to [Worden attorney Mark] Meuser, the motion asks for more than $100,000 in damages from Felarca. Worden also filed a sanctions motion against Felarca’s attorney, Shanta Driver, who is the founder of BAMN. Meuser said the sanctions motion asks that Felarca’s attorney be held jointly liable for the damages. The press release alleged that Driver “should have known that the motion was frivolous” and that it “was brought for the improper purpose of restricting Worden’s rights.”
“The motion for sanctions … is a motion to say, ‘Don’t hold the defendant solely liable for damages — make her attorney liable (as well),’ ” Meuser said.
Meuser alleged that Felarca made several false statements against Worden when she filed the restraining order. He said Felarca testified that Worden made threatening statements against her in a classroom. He added, however, that Worden’s attorneys had presented the court with video footage from the classroom and that Worden did not make any threatening statements in that video.
Felarca had also testified that Worden “had made a grimacing face”(!) after taking a selfie with her back in February, and also stared at her “on a few occasions”(!) while she was handing out literature.
“You are not entitled to a civil restraining order because somebody stares at you in a public place,” attorney Meuser said.