A Worthington-based neo-Nazi website publisher is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating an anti-Semitic internet trolling campaign against a Montana real estate agent and her family.
Andrew Anglin says the First Amendment protects his posts calling for a "troll storm" against Tanya Gersh, who sued Anglin in April. She says her family received a barrage of threatening and harassing messages after he published their personal information. In a string of posts, Anglin accused Gersh and other Jewish residents of Whitefish, Montana, of engaging in an "extortion racket" against the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer. Gersh accuses Anglin of invading her privacy, intentionally inflicting "emotional distress" and violating a Montana anti-intimidation law.