virginia citizens defense league


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Former NBC news anchor Katie Couric has been slapped with a $12 million dollar lawsuit by participants in a documentary she was producing.

Plaintiffs in the suit claim that Couric, who has made no secret of her left leaning views, manipulated footage in the film entitled “Under the Gun” to make it appear that the participants were unable to answer simple questions in regard to background checks.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a Second Amendment rights advocacy organization, along with two of its members, today filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for false and defamatory footage featured in the 2016 documentary film.

According to the complaint, the film portrays a fictitious exchange between Couric and members of the VCDL in which the participants appear silent, confused, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Katie Couric asks a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the interview reveals that—contrary to the portrayal in the film—the VCDL members had immediately begun responding to Couric’s question and were accurately able to engage in valid arguments on the topic.

In the filing, attornies for the VCDL, Daniel L. Hawes, Esq., and Patricia Webb, allege that the filmmakers “knowingly and maliciously manufactured the fictional exchange by splicing in footage that the filmmakers took surreptitiously after telling the interviewees to be silent for ten seconds so that recording equipment could be calibrated.” The complaint also alledges that the filmmakers manipulated lighting effects to make VCDL participants appear more sinister looking.

“We were horrified to see how Couric and her team manipulated us and the video footage to make us look like fools who didn’t stand up for the Second Amendment,” said Mr. Philip Van Cleave, President of the VCDL. “We want to set the record straight and hold them accountable for what they’ve done. You shouldn’t intentionally misrepresent someone’s views just because you disagree with them.”

A call for statement from Couric’s public relations team resulted in a, “no comment”.