Iraq Vet Sues Michael Moore for Misleading Interview in his debunked movie.

Discussion in 'Politics' started by jzlucas, May 31, 2006.

  1. TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming he recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

    Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.

    In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.

    "They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said Tuesday. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."

    Damon seems to "voice complaint about the war effort" in the movie, according to the lawsuit.

    But what the father of two from Middleborough, Mass., was really talking about was the "excruciating" pain he felt after he lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.

    Damon wasn't expressing any opinion about the war, the suit charges, but rather extolling the drug.

    I just want everybody to know what kind of a guy Michael Moore is, and what kind of film this is," said Damon. He has appeared in two films attacking "Fahrenheit" -- "Michael Moore Hates America" and "Fahrenhype 9/11."

    In "Fahrenheit 9/11," the bandaged National Guardsman is shown laying on a gurney complaining that he feels like he's "being crushed in a vise. But they [the drugs] do a lot to help it and they take a lot of the edge off it."

    His image appears seconds after Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says, "You know, they say they're not leaving any veterans behind, but they're leaving all kinds of veterans behind."

    Damon -- the dad of an 8-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy -- doesn't come close to feeling that way.

    "He couldn't have picked the worst guy to say that about," he told The Post.

    "I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."

    Particularly outrageous to Damon is the fact that Moore never interviewed him or asked his permission to use the old clip.

    "I was complaining about the pain I would've been having [if it weren't for the painkiller]," he said.

    NBC is named in the suit -- which was filed in Suffolk County, Mass., on Friday -- along with Harvey and Robert Weinstein, Miramax Corp., Lions Gate Films and other production companies involved with the picture.

    Newsman Brian Williams ends the NBC clip by adding, "These men, with catastrophic wounds are ... completely behind the war effort," according to the lawsuit.

    That part, which wasn't shown in the Moore movie, is a far more accurate depiction of Damon's feelings, he said.

    Lawyer Dennis Lynch said he took the case last year and they held off filing the lawsuit in a bid to settle the matter.

    "We attempted to resolve the situation amicably with Mr. Moore [for a year] but he refused," he said.

    Damon is asking for up to $75 million because of "loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation."

    In addition, his wife is suing for another $10 million because of the "mental distress and anguish suffered by her spouse."

    Spokeswomen for NBC and Harvey and Robert Weinstein would not comment because they haven't seen the suit. Lions Gate doesn't comment on pending litigation, a rep said.

    Michael Moore and Miramax reps didn't return calls for comment.
  2. Pabst


    Michael Moore is clearly a duplicitous, lying scrounge. I can't wait until the mainstream media takes his fat ass out......
  3. I second that!!!
  4. Where are all the republicans who always complain about lawsuits?


    I do have to wonder why it took so long for the "Swift Boating" group to get to this kid....
  5. Gotta pitty MM, he has so much video to choose from for Fahrenheit 9/11½.

    I wonder if we're gonna see Bush eating cake the morning after Katrinna among the many other disasters during the reign of Generalissimo Bush.

    Or maybe we'll get to hear Osama say that Zacarias Moussaoui was just a patsy.

    Poor MM.
  6. To my knowledge complaints about lawsuits have been directed toward the frivolous kind.

    Misrepresenting a horribly injured soldier for the purposes of political smearing is not, IMO, frivolous.
  7. I am not MM's fan but if this is not a frivolous lawsuit I can't imagine what is. MM showed the poor guy's inverview AS IS, it's not a legal matter to judge whether it was used in "proper" context.
  8. I disagree. Context and editing can make his words misleading.

    For example, let's say NBC has video of you shouting approval during a Hillary Clinton speech. Michael Moore includes it in a film about the KKK and makes it appear you are shouting approval of a KKK speech. Do you think that might be defamatory? Would you accept the defense that "those were your exact words"?
  9. Pabst


    LOL. You'd better believe it's the judge's call. Context ect. is paramount in a case like this. Moore could get fucked in a big way. Given the physical condition of the Purple Heart winning vet who's the plaintiff coupled with the message Moore misrepresented, this will not be laughed off the way the Heston shit in Columbine was. Libel against a crippled vet in the making of a movie that made Moore millions? He could drop eight figures before this is over.
  10. yeah and suin' for 84mln is not frivolous?
    #10     May 31, 2006