Despite his eventual defending of an Ohio woman from harassment and death threats, James Woods is still being sought after for $3,000,000 in a lawsuit by a woman, Portia Boulger, who was allegedly believed to be giving the “heil” salute of Nazi Germany. Woods tweeted the photo from his verified account and wrote, “So-called #Trump ‘Nazi’ is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?”
The accomplished and highly celebrated actor has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit calling it “bogus”. The image was also retweeted by Donald Trump Jr, who called it staged. He eventually deleted it but Woods didn’t right away.
As Written By Ashley Cullins for The Hollywood Reporter:
After Boulger’s attorneys contacted the actor, he deleted the tweets and wrote a new series of them that were meant to be a retraction. However, two of the three apology tweets were untrue, according to Boulger.
A March 23 tweet by Woods reads: “Ms. Boulder [sic] has reached out to me and asked me to use my many followers to stop people from harassing her. I am more than happy to do so.”
That was followed by another: “Though she supports @BernieSanders, I am happy to defend her from abuse. I only wish his supporters would do the same for other candidates.”
Those tweets are “false, insulting and demeaning,” according to the complaint. She says she has received hundreds of obscene and threatening messages, including death threats, and is seeking $3 million in damages.
Woods’ attorney, Michael E. Weinsten of Lavely & Singer, issued the following statement: “My client is no doubt surprised by this patently bogus lawsuit. In response to a rumor circulating on the internet about Ms. Boulger’s alleged affiliation with a Trump rally, Mr. Woods tweeted a question seeking clarification. On its face, that is not defamation. In fact, Mr. Woods went out of his way to defend Ms. Boulger against alleged harassment. This case proves the adage ‘no good deed goes unpunished.’”