Andrew Shirvell Ordered to Pay Millions for Defaming Gay Student
BY Lucas Grindley
August 16 2012 8:07 PM ET
The Michigan assistant attorney general who lost his job after tormenting a gay student body president has been ordered to pay $4.5 million in damages, local news media reports.
Andrew Shirvell was fired in 2010 after repeatedly harassing gay University of Michigan student Chris Armstrong via blog postings. He was even accused of stalking him — which led to being temporarily banned from campus.
On "Chris Armstrong Watch," Shirvell claimed Armstrong pushed a "radical homosexual agenda," called him a Nazi and a representative of Satan. All of that led to Armstrong's defamation lawsuit in 2011. And The Detroit Free Press reports that a jury in U.S. District Court today ordered Shirvell to pay $4.5 million in damages.
The Associated Press reported before the trial that Shirvell had been offered a deal — apologize and all charges would be dropped. But Shirvell refused and the case went forward.
- Advocate.com | Gay News | The Advocate | The World's Leading Source for LGBT News and Entertainment
- PHOTOS: Marry Me in Maine
- Republican Wants Right to Fire LGBT Employees Who 'Work in a Tutu'
- Meet the 2013 Point Foundation Scholars
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski Endorses Marriage Equality
- Martina Navratilova Blasts Russian Antigay Law
Sign Up For Email Updates
- Travel Drag Racing in Jerusalem 34 min 34 sec ago
- Entertainment News Should Brazil Legalize 'Conversion' Therapy? 56 min 23 sec ago
- World News Liberal Australian MP Crosses Aisle In Support of LGBT Nondiscrimination 1 hour 8 min ago
- Women WATCH: Hot Lesbians Don Cowboy Hats, Chaps and Spurs for Cowgirl Up 1 hour 20 min ago
- Pride PHOTOS: Marry Me in Maine 1 hour 36 min ago
- World News Brazil Lawmakers Legalize 'Ex-Gay' Therapy 1 hour 40 min ago
- Sports Navratilova Blasts Russian Antigay Law 1 hour 45 min ago