O'Keefe Pimp Video Just Cost Him $100K

James O'Keefe to settle lawsuit filed by Juan Carlos Vera

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 8, 2013 4:43 AM CST

(Newser) – James O'Keefe made a name for himself when he dressed up like a pimp and secretly filmed ACORN offices in 2009. Turns out one of those videos is going to cost him $100,000. That's how much he has agreed to pay former ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera, according to court documents filed yesterday. The Los Angeles Times reports that Vera argued in the suit that O'Keefe violated a California law that bars "the surreptitious recording" of another person.

The video seemed to suggest Vera was up for helping O'Keefe traffic underage prostitutes into the US; the LAT notes that as part of the settlement O'Keefe admits he was unaware of Vera's assertion that he had reported O'Keefe's behavior to police, and "regrets any pain" he caused Vera. O'Keefe's lawyer downplayed the deal as a "nuisance settlement," saying O'Keefe has a full career ahead of him as an investigative journalist.

James O'Keefe makes a statement after leaving the federal courthouse in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 26, 2010.
James O'Keefe makes a statement after leaving the federal courthouse in New Orleans, Wednesday, May 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
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