Journalism school laughingstock and expert jazz hands practitioner James O'Keefe will pay $100,000 and apologize to a former ACORN employee who was fired after being featured in one of O'Keefe's 2009 "sting" videos. The heavily-edited videos were successful, in that they led to a congressional investigation that eventually shutdown ACORN, netting O'Keefe $65,000 in the process. The videos were also, apparently, illegally filmed, at least the one shot in California. Former ACORN employeed Juan Carlos Vera sued O'Keefe and his partner-in-crime Hannah Giles last year, saying the secretly recorded video violated California law that prohibits recording someone without their permission.
Giles settled last summer and now, as Wonkette reports, O'Keefe has agreed to pay Vera $100,000 and issue an apology in exchange for Vera dropping the lawsuit. The settlement also features the lame apology, "O'Keefe regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family."
O'Keefe's interview with Vera is below, as is the settlement agreement.
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