The Latest: Rally planner says he did nothing wrong at UVA
Apr. 27, 2018
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the University of Virginia effectively banning Jason Kessler from its campus (all times local):
The main organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is defending himself after being effectively banned from the University of Virginia campus.
Jason Kessler says he recently visited the university's law library to study up on defending himself in litigation stemming from the "Unite the Right" rally. He says he was harassed while there.
UVA issued a statement Friday saying it had issued a no-trespass warning to Kessler. The statement says the decision was based on reports from students that Kessler threatened them, targeted them through cyberbullying and cyberharassment or targeted them based on "protected characteristics."
Kessler denies those allegations.
Kessler is a UVA graduate and right-wing blogger who was the primary organizer of the August rally that descended into violence.
The University of Virginia has effectively banned the main organizer of last summer's white nationalist rally from its Charlottesville campus.
The university said in a statement Friday that it issued a no-trespass warning to Jason Kessler on Thursday and was in the process of serving him with the warning.
The statement says the decision was based on reports from students that Kessler threatened them, targeted them through cyberbullying and cyber harassment or targeted them based on "protected characteristics."
Kessler couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
He was the primary organizer of the Aug. 12 "Unite the Right" white nationalist rally, which descended into violence.
UVA also said Kessler "intentionally and purposefully misled" university police regarding the torchlight rally that he helped organize the night before the rally.