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March 08, 2013

Conservative Activist to Pay $100,000 to Fired Acorn Worker

James O'Keefe, the conservative provocateur whose undercover videos contributed to the downfall of community-organizing group Acorn, has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a privacy lawsuit filed by an Acorn employee who was fired as a result of the sting, Salon writes.

Under the deal, initially disclosed by left-leaning political gossip Web site Wonkette, Mr. O'Keefe also apologized to Juan Carlos Vera, a former employee at a California Acorn office. In one of a series of videos disseminated in 2009, Mr. Vera appeared to advise the activist, who was impersonating a pimp, on how to open a brothel.

Mr. Vera sued Mr. O'Keefe and a fellow activist, Hannah Giles, charging that they violated California privacy laws by filming him without his consent and did not disclose in their video that he reported the encounter to police. Ms. Giles settled her case last summer.