The right-wing activist who posed as a prostitute in a series of undercover videos aimed at discrediting the nonprofit ACORN has settled a lawsuit filed by a worker who alleged that she violated his privacy rights.
Juan Carlos Vera, who worked at the National City ACORN office, filed the suit two years ago in federal court. In 2009, Hannah Giles and James OKeefe, who acted as Giles sleazy boyfriend, secretly videotaped Vera purportedly giving the pair advice on how to bring teenage girls across the border from Mexico. Vera lost his job, although a subsequent investigation by the state Attorney General found that hed acted properly, contacting the police immediately after the incident.
Its generally illegal in California to record a conversation without the consent of all parties involved. However, Giles has argued that shes not culpable since OKeefe was the one actually holding the recording devices. Court filings dated July 20 reveal that Giles and Vera have reached a settlement. Although the terms have not yet been made public, the parties have agreed to bear the cost of their own attorney fees.
OKeefe continues to fight the suit, even though he admitted that he made the secret recording while aware of the consent requirements of Californias Privacy Act in a deposition made public in May. The deposition also revealed that OKeefe made $65,000 and Giles made $60,000 through the late Andrew Breitbarts conservative media ventures.