Assistant Attorney General ordered to pay $4.5 million for abusing gay student

Armstrong and Shrivell 
By: Moses Gold 

A jury slapped a $4.5 million punishment on an assistant attorney general for abusing a gay student.

The former assistant attorney general refused to apologize to a gay student leader at the University of Michigan. He harassed him online and on campus. Now, he must pay the victim $4.5 million, a jury decided.

The "Chris Armstrong Watch" blog, created by former Michigan Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell, 32, is accused of abusing openly gay former University of Michigan student body president Christopher Armstrong. Among the accusation are that he enticed minors with alcohol and courting staff to become homosexual.

The U.S. District Court jury on Thursday, awarded a civil settlement of $4.5 million to Armstrong, 22, who said he suffered distress as a result of Shirvell's actions.

"I am incredibly humbled by what happened today," Armstrong said on Thursday. "This is really a victory not only for me, but for a lot of guys out there," he said.

Michigan alum Shirvell wrote in his blog that Armstrong, who graduated in 2011, was "a radical homosexual activist, racist, elitist and liar."

Deborah Gordon, the lawyer representing Armstrong, said that Shirvell also blogged that Armstrong was involved in a series of sordid activities, including engaging in sexual acts in a playground, inside a church and hosted orgies.

Shirvell found out through Facebook about events planned by Armstrong in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at which he came and tried to mingle with the crowd, said Gordon.

At one point, he called the police to report Armstrong was attending a party, and then he wrote in his blog that "Ann Arbor police raided an out of control gay party," he said.



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