Michael Moore: Getting Sued
posted at 11:15 am on May 31, 2006 by Bryan
If you’ve seen Fahrenheit 9-11, you may remember Peter Damon. He’s the soldier whose pain Moore used to make a point about supporting wounded veterans. Damon was interviewed by NBC in a military hospital specifically about how well the VA was supporting him and his family; Moore obtained that footage and turned Damon’s words inside-out so that it seemed the wounded soldier was criticizing the Bush administration. As FahrenHYPE 9-11 points out (and by the way, I highly recommend that film if you haven’t seen it–it refutes Moore’s claptrap point by point), Moore pinched the footage of Damon from NBC. Moore never obtained permission from Damon to use it, and certainly used the footage dishonestly.
Well. Damon is now suing Michael Moore.
A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America’s invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.
In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.
“They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene,” Damon said yesterday. “They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition.”
Damon seems to “voice complaint about the war effort” in the movie, according to the lawsuit.
But what the father of two from Middleborough, Mass., was really talking about was the “excruciating” pain he felt after he lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.
Lawyer Dennis Lynch said he took the case last year and they held off filing the lawsuit in a bid to settle the matter.
“We attempted to resolve the situation amicably with Mr. Moore [for a year] but he refused,” he said.
Damon is asking for up to $75 million because of “loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation.”
I wrote about FahrenHYPE, and about Damon, for NRO a while back. The film is both a sound refutation of Michael Moore and a look at how the Patriot Act has helped prevent terrorist attacks after 9-11.
Update: Henry Hanks emails to remind me that Peter Damon also appeared in Michael Moore Hates America, also to refute Michael Moore’s misuse of his video.