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Neo-Nazi website founder says he fears returning to US

NEW YORK — The operator of a leading neo-Nazi website claims it’s too dangerous for him to travel to the United States to be questioned under oath for a lawsuit accusing him of terrorizing a Montana real estate agent by unleashing an anti-Semitic ‘‘troll storm’’ against her family.

Attorneys for The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin have asked a federal magistrate judge for an order excusing him from an in-person deposition in the United States. Anglin’s lawyers insist the Ohio native hasn’t lived in the country for years and fears for his safety if his whereabouts are disclosed.

Tanya Gersh’s lawyers say Anglin’s request is baseless gamesmanship.

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‘‘Since the outset of this case, [Anglin] has displayed a pattern of disregard for the authority of this Court and the seriousness of these proceedings,’’ they wrote in a filing.

Court records show Anglin suggested meeting in Cuba or Venezuela for his deposition by Gersh’s lawyers.

Gersh sued Anglin in Montana in April 2017, claiming anonymous internet trolls bombarded her family with hateful and threatening messages after Anglin published their personal information.

ASSOCIATED PRESS