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Fan of Milo Yiannopoulos Files Lawsuit Against Berkeley, Politicians

UC Berkeley said in a statement it will mount a "vigorous and successful defense of its actions"

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    Milo Yiannopoulos' speech at University of California, Berkeley was cancelled on Wednesday as protesters grew violent — breaking fences and windows, setting off fireworks, and throwing smoke bombs — forcing police to issue an order to shelter in place and put all campus buildings on lockdown.

    (Published Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017)

    A fan of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a lawsuit against the regents of the University of California, the mayor of Berkeley and a slew of others over alleged civil rights and First Amendment violations.

    The lawsuit in federal court in Northern California alleges University of California and other officials curtailed the rights of Kiara Robles by subjecting her and other invitees to bodily harm because they were expressing a different viewpoint.

    The Oakland resident planned to attend a Feb. 1 speech by Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley's campus that was cancelled after protests turned violent.

    The lawsuit filed Monday also names House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Party Chairman John Burton and wealthy investor George Soros.

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    UC Berkeley said in a statement it will mount a "vigorous and successful defense of its actions, and looks forward to contesting this collection of false claims."