Man Suspected of Causing Reporter's Seizure Arrested

Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, was sent seizure-inducing video
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2017 2:04 PM CDT
FBI Arrests Suspect in Kurt Eichenwald Seizure Case
The FBI has arrested a man suspected of sending a seizure-inducing video to reporter Kurt Eichenwald.   (YouTube)

Late last year, a Twitter user sent a flashing video to reporter Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, along with the message, "You deserve a seizure." The Dallas Morning News reports the FBI on Friday morning made an arrest in the incident, which did in fact cause the Vanity Fair contributing editor and Newsweek senior writer to have a seizure. The suspect's name has not been released, but Eichenwald says the suspect is facing federal charges and will likely get additional charges from the Dallas DA, according to the Verge. Raw Story reports the sender of the strobe had already been suspended by Twitter.

Eichenwald, who has covered President Trump since before his foray into politics, was sent the tweet after appearing on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight. He says more than 40 people sent him the same strobe after he spoke out about the first attack. Eichenwald says the FBI now has their information, as well, and people should stop sending him strobes. (More Kurt Eichenwald stories.)

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