Katie Daviscourt has been reporting from the trial of Andy Ngo v. Rose City Antifa in Portland, Ore., and on the final day of the trial, as the jury sat for deliberations, she told The Post Millennial that she had been approached by both defendants John Hacker and Elizabeth Richter outside the courtroom, inside the courthouse.
Daviscourt said that she as waiting for the elevator when Richter, along with two others approached her and began to call her names.
Richter was critical of Daviscourt's reporting on the trial, at which little press was present. Richter called Daviscourt and "fascist" and a "liar." Richter stands accused of having directed Antifa militants to Ngo's location during a street protest, leading to Ngo being beaten by militants.
Elizabeth Richter on the stand.
Danialle James stood alongside Richter at the elevator. James reportedly helps run Richter's Twitter account which they use to doxx people. James joined in the harassment, Daviscourt said. As they elevator arrived, the three enouraged Daviscourt to get in it with them.
"Get in the elevator with us," they said. "Why won't you get in the elevator with us? We want you in here," they told Daviscourt in a threatening tone. Richter, Daviscourt said, gave her a "death glare."
Daviscourt made the decision not to enter due to safety concerns.
This is not the first time Richter has approached Daviscourt inside the courthouse during the trial. A few days prior, Richter confronted Daviscourt and accused her of being a "fascist."
As Daviscourt was on the phone with The Post Millennial, Hacker approached her and could be heard asking Daviscourt about her reporting. Daviscourt was outside the courtroom when Hacker asked "why are you lying in your reporting?"
John Hacker and his attorney.
Cameras are not permitted within the courthouse, and The Post Millennial was told directly by a clerk of the court that the outlet was not permitted to record or take photographs.
"Why are you lying about in your reporting?" Hacker could be heard to say through the phone. He specifically asked why Daviscourt had reported that Antifa was harassing people at the courthouse, saying that it was only "right-wingers" who had been harassing people and disrupting this court. This despite the fact that one alleged Antifa militant was escorted out of the courttoom by five sheriffs.
Hacker gave a teary testimony during which he admitted to having assaulted Ngo during a change encounter at a gym and stolen his phone. He admitted further to having identified Ngo at a street protest in Portland, in which Ngo was wearing black clothes, goggles, and was draped with a BLM flag. Hacker then told independent journalist Sergio Olmos that he believed he had spotted Ngo.
Richter is also alleged to have taken the information from Hacker and used it to direct other militants to Ngo's location.
As the jury deliberated, Daviscourt reported that people were milling around the hallways and tensions were running high.
The harassment of Daviscourt comes after Ngo was also harassed by Antifa on his way into court on Tuesday. Ngo was able to identify his alleged tormenters in court.
The jury, who has not been photographed, told the judge that they had concerns about being doxxed and that people were trying to find out who they were.
The trial has been going on for over a week. Ngo took the defendants to court to try to get justice for attacks he suffered while covering protests and street actions in Portland. He seeks monetary damages, and has settled with some of the defendants out of court.
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