An associate of controversial white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer is suing Ohio State University this week after the college would not allow Georgia State University graduate student Cameron Padgett, who organizes tours for Spencer, to rent space on campus for an event with Spencer.
“The university has deemed that it is not presently able to accommodate Mr. Padgett’s request to rent space at the university due to substantial risk to public safety, as well as material and substantial disruption to the work and discipline of the university,” a lawyer for Ohio State wrote to Spencer’s attorney in a letter obtained by The Guardian.
Attorney Kyle Bristow threatened to sue the university when they first made the ruling on Friday and also threatened to sue University of Cincinnati officials when they blocked Spencer from speaking there. Cincinnati personnel eventually did let Spencer on campus to speak.
College officials have been hesitant to allow the white nationalist leader to appear on campuses. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency ahead of Spencer’s talk at the University of Florida last week.
Protestors flooded Spencer’s talk in Florida on Thursday. And three men were arrested and charged with attempted homicide after the event for firing a gun toward protestors outside the speech.
Spencer made headlines earlier in the summer by organizing a “Unite the Right” return to Charlottesville, Virginia.
New: Ohio State has denied a request to have Richard Spencer speak on its campus, citing “yesterday’s events at the University of Florida.” pic.twitter.com/Ghk1DqYXAX
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) October 21, 2017
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