PHILADELPHIA: Court OK’s Retaliation Lawsuit Against Convicted Gay Basher And Local Police Chief Father

The Philly Voice reports:

A federal lawsuit alleging Kathryn Knott, her father and members of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office conspired to retaliate against a Montgomery County woman who posted mocking Internet comments can proceed, U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg ruled last week.

Goldberg declined to dismiss the lawsuit filed last year by Kathleen O’Donnell, a Norristown resident who used the screen name “Knotty is a Tramp” to post disparaging remarks about Knott in the comment sections of online news articles. O’Donnell’s username included an unflattering picture of Knott drinking from a bottle of alcohol.

O’Donnell claims Kathryn Knott and her father, Karl, used his then-position as Chalfont police chief to retaliate against her, alleging they conspired with former Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler and two county detectives to threaten criminal charges. Heckler left office in September 2016, a year before his second term was to end.

The lawsuit alleges that O’Donnell was fired from her job after detectives met with her boss. The detectives had used a court order to force Disqus to reveal her IP address.

Kathryn Knott served five months in prison last year after refusing the plea deal that allowed her two fellow gay-bashers to avoid a jail sentence. The trio had been identified from surveillance photos via a “human search engine” organized by a straight man on Twitter.

In July, Knott claimed “self-defense” in the civil suit brought by her victims. A jury trial is expected to begin in December. My many reports on the attack and the subsequent legal cases can be found here. (Tipped by JMG reader Joe)

  • Gustav2

    Privilege has its consequences.

  • JWC

    Oh Crap

  • jayjonson

    Abuse of power should also have consequences.

    • Frostbite

      But unfortunately rarely does.

      • Joe in PA

        See: current president. 🙁

        • jixter

          Don’t speak too soon, Joe in PA. You just never know what might be coming ’round the bend for him.

      • Goodboy

        20 years ago this wouldn’t even be an issue..for them.

    • Goodboy

      You just know this is business as usual for them. How they handle trouble makers. Except this time they’ve got the world watching them.

    • MBear


  • Goodboy

    So bashing innocent people you don’t like is a-ok but don’t you dare call me a tramp or show a pic of me doing what I normally do. That would be wrong!!

    • Hunter M

      It’s the republican way.

    • Randy503

      What a crappy family. They probably still think she is innocent.

  • Ninja0980

    Her jail term didn’t appear to teach her a damn thing.

    • Todd20036

      No, but no surprise, either. She blames the gay couple for daring to press charges against her.
      And of course, daddy’s little girl can do no wrong.

      • JWC

        Oh those nasty in your face gays

      • zhera

        I wonder how a self defense plea will work here. She told her friends to knock the victims out because they were threatening her? Hope she doesn’t expect to believed…

  • JoeMyGod

    It’s worth noting that O’Donnell doesn’t appear to be suing her former employer, possibly because she wasn’t supposed to use her work computer to make comments on news items.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I see what you did there. :o)

    • zhera

      Do you know if she was commenting here?

      • JoeMyGod

        When the suit was first filed, I did a quick search for that user name and didn’t see anything.

    • Strepsi

      *quietly closes browser*

      • KevInPDX

        lol Me too!

  • Rex

    But some are very fine people.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Raising_Rlyeh

      Ugh, fireball

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Yup, but it fits her to a T.

    • Goodboy

      It makes you wonder why they went after this person since she’s now an online joke.

    • Adam Stevens

      I hereby sentence you to 20-to-Life. I hope you’ve learned your lesson, sir.

    • bambinoitaliano

      She’s got s lot of catching up to do. Caleb Moore is at 9th arrest.

      • jerry

        Well, Caleb does have a much wealthier/more grifting father.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        A match made in heaven!

    • Tatonka

      Is she single? /s

      • Lazycrockett

        and ready to mingle.

        • Chucktech

          …now that she’s done her time…

    • TrueWords

      LOCK HER UP!!

  • jvc in NYC

    Why has there been no mention of the Harvey Weinstein sleaze here? It’s been a major news story so it’s omission is glaring.

    • Lazycrockett

      Its been discussed on numerous threads.

    • JoeMyGod
    • JWC

      I am almost surprised Donny isn’t trying to sue Harvey Who is hogging all the headlines Donny is off page 1

    • bambinoitaliano
      • jerry

        Oh no! How will I be able to keep up with my boyfriend if he quits Twitter?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        i’m with him. i think it’s time for me to quit too. i enjoyed twitter but now it’s becoming a cesspool.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Like everything else, social media should be taken in small doses. Battling trolls should be restricted to minimum. Otherwise one will end up in an insane asylum.

    • Goodboy

      Because he’s a big Democratic supporter and a friend to us. That’s why.. Ok not really. He’s also another pos.

    • Bad Tom

      What’s glaring is your failure to search this site before insinuating we’ve committed a moral sin.

      • HAAAAAAA


      • HAAAAAAA

        jvc in NYC

        You commented …

        Harvey Weinstein Fired from The Weinstein Company Over Sexual Harassment Complaints

        jvc in NYC

        3 days ago

        Weinstein is gross, could you imagine him wanting to jack off in front of you! He’s getting exactly what he deserves.

        • Bad Tom

          Even more stupid, then.

    • Bad Tom

      Concern troll or bot, which is it?

      • Treant

        Why choose? Call it a concern bot!

    • edrex

      yeah. i’ll spend the weekend doing some deep soul searching on that, pal.

  • bkmn

    Two wrongs do Knott make a right.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      But two Knotts (Mr. And Mrs.) did make a wrong-headed daughter.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Should be Knob + Knob = KNOB!

  • clay

    Shouldn’t suing her victims be considered a violation of parole? She could only get probation by admitting guilt; suing her victims is pretty much the opposite of that.

    • Bad Tom

      The victims are suing her.

      Her response as defendant is “self defense”.
      That’s going to be tough, since she was convicted of assault.

      • David Walker

        I can hear the judge now. “Oh, yeah. This’ll be rich. Let’s see what she pulls this time.”

  • BeaverTales

    PA prisons must be (1) too overcrowded or (2) too scary for white girls or (3)daddy has a lot of pull with the judges.

    She assaulted two people, had multiple HIPAA violations, committed perjury and only got 5 months in prison. What next…a movie deal?

    • David L. Caster

      Tell-all book.

    • ByronK

      Reality show – Here Comes Drunky Bam Bam

    • Nowhereman

      Meet our next Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    • Tawreos

      Meet Trump’s next pardon

    • Lazycrockett

      Its PA of course their is overcrowding.

    • Hue-Man

      A 5 year tour on the grifting circuit – “those sinful unholy gays denied my religion freedom when they attacked my fists with their faces.”

    • Lumpy Gaga

      White princess is white.

  • zhera

    Did Karl Knott lose his job because of this and the other things he did that came out after the bashing?

    I hope they all lose everything. Fucking privileged assholes who walk all over other’s rights. Fuck them!

    • bambinoitaliano

      But you know he will move up the list for a cabinet position in the fucking moron administration.

      • zhera

        Next Secretary of State?

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT but this is disgusting and really pisses me off!

    ‘Take Off That Uniform, Ni**er’ : White Man Chases Black Servicewoman Yelling Expletives At Her

    • jerry

      What disgusting assholes Trump’s unleashed.

      • Tread

        You can’t blame these assholes on Trump. America’s race problems are being laid bare and all of these racists are being caught on camera. We just have to make sure there are consequences to their actions.

        • jerry

          Yes, I know they’ve always been there, but he’s made it seem OK to them to attack people like this in public. I hope the asshole’s ID’d and made to suffer the consequences.

          • Strepsi

            They were “suffering” for 8 WHOLE YEARS not being “allowed” to say the N word. Now, finally, they are unleashing 8-years pent up racism and rage like a pimple exploding.

          • paganguy

            Like naughty children cursing gleefully when the adults aren’t around.

      • boatboy_srq

        Atwater unleashed them. Reagan and GHW Bush humored them. Shrub coddled them. Murdoch, Ailes, Limbaugh, Savage/Wiener, Beck, Jones et al encouraged them. All Lord Dampnut has done is give them permission to air their ugliness free of dogwhistled codespeak.

    • boatboy_srq

      I hope she told the asshat to put one on if s/he felt so uberpatriotic – and if s/he did not to STFU.

    • Falconlights

      That is disgusting. 45 America indeed.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Truly a vile incident…sadly becoming all too common.

      • Jukesgrrl

        They think they’ve been given permission from the president to “express” their “beliefs.”

    • CJAS

      I’m waiting for him to explain how he’s not racist and that doesn’t reflect who he is.

  • Hue-Man

    A sane person who has been convicted of a violent crime would try to avoid the public spotlight in order to get on with their post-judicial lives.

    • boatboy_srq

      Ah, but their tribulations are the product of Activist Judges®, and the Knotts being the Unjustly Oppressed Gut Weiss Xtianistvolk they are, they should be relieved of the indignities imposed upon them.

  • andrew

    The Knott’s are not very smart. Every decision that they make comes back to bite them in their asses. Hopefully that trend will continue.

  • canoebum

    This is the county where I spent my childhood. After they put me in adult jail at the age of sixteen for truancy, I left as soon as possible. I started my adult life later that year by leaving home for New York City. I went on to complete my Bachelors Degree and some graduate work there. On my last trip to Bucks County some years ago, I found the farms and forests were almost all gone, replaced by subdivisions, apartment developments and strip malls. I made the right decision.

    • Jerry Kott

      You did make the right decision ! And with New Hope, Bucks County appears to be one of the more progress Counties in Pennsylvania. It has had a lot of White Trash Flight from Philly who manage to mask their bigotry under the guise of middle class trappings.
      However, if this crime didn’t occur in Center City Philly, it would be safe to say, with a Police Chief father, no charges would have been filed at all. I live in Pennsylvania and it has a very dark underbelly.
      Glad to read of your success.

      • canoebum

        I could ride to New Hope on my bike from where I lived.

        • Jerry Kott

          Must have been a pleasant ride. Pennsylvania can be very beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside. We live 30 miles North of New Hope and there has been much development and yet there are spots that are lost in time.
          We joke that we live in No Hope- North of New Hope.

  • Jamie Wilson

    After the bashing, The Advocate published a piece expressing sympathy for Knott and declaring her to be a victim of gay misogyny. The Advocate is not worthy of a gay readership.

  • kareemachan

    Too bad she and her fellow a$$hats don’t have the reasoning ability to realize that this just spreads the info about them to a MUCH wider venue.

    ETA: Am I gonna get sued too, also? Cool….

  • dcurlee

    Nail this bitch to the cross

  • JT

    This queynte deserves a public pillorying.

    • madknits

      How very Chaucerian of you!

  • SDG

    What annoys me is that Disqus gave up the IP address. Be careful of what you post, people.