The Associated Press reports:
A leading white nationalist told a judge on Thursday that his notoriety has made it difficult for him to raise money for his defense against a “financially crippling” lawsuit that names him as an organizer of a rally in Virginia that erupted into violence in 2017.
Richard Spencer’s attorney has asked for the court’s permission to withdraw from representing him in the civil case. The lawyer, John DiNucci, said Spencer owes him a significant amount of money in legal fees and hasn’t been cooperating adequately.
Spencer told U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe that the lawsuit over the “Unite the Right” white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 has been “extremely expensive” and a “huge burden” for him.
The New York Daily News reports:
Spencer and two dozen other defendants were taken to court after the violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in the summer of 2017 that left one person dead when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters.
Spencer, 42, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Hoppe that the suit has proved a significant financial burden for him.
The complaint names Spencer as an organizer of the rally. Spencer denies that he helped organize it. The far-right leader said he intends to try to find a way to pay his lawyer.
Spencer tells the AP that he used to “easily” raise money on crowdfunding platforms but activists have had all of his accounts banned. Womp womp.