Lawsuit Filed to Let Richard Spencer Speak at Michigan State

Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill, September 4, 2017

The organizer of prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speaking tour is suing a university that denied him permission to speak on campus.

Kyle Bristow, the organizer of Spencer’s tour, filed the lawsuit Sunday against Michigan State University on behalf of Georgia State University student Cameron Padgett, who tried to rent a space for Spencer to speak on campus but was denied, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The lawsuit is alleging that the university is violating Padgett’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech. He is demanding a trial by jury and $75,000 in damages, according to court documents.

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The University of Florida and Texas A&M have also either blocked or cancelled events Spencer was slated to address.

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