Jason Kessler, Charlottesville protest organizer, indicted on a charge of perjury
The main organizer behind the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been indicted on a count of felony perjury stemming from his conviction on a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this year.
Court records show that on Monday a grand jury indicted Jason Kessler, a 34-year-old blogger who planned the ‘‘Unite the Right’’ rally in August that sparked violence in the city and left one woman dead.
Local media reported that the perjury charge was related to a statement Kessler gave to a magistrate judge in January after he scuffled with a local resident on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
Kessler alleged that on Jan. 22, James Justin Taylor attacked him on the outdoor mall while he was collecting signatures to remove the city’s vice mayor from office. Kessler swore out an assault complaint, claiming Taylor grabbed him and violently shook his arm.
But surveillance video later showed that Kessler was the aggressor, as the Daily Progress reported. In April, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.