Roger Stone, who once worked as an adviser to President Trump, has settled a lawsuit in part by admitting he dispersed lies online.
Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui filed the defamation lawsuit claiming that Stone had gone online to spread false accusations via far-right websites like InfoWars. The accusations were that Guo had made illegal political donations to Hillary Clinton and former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.
The suit stated that “This is not true,” and sought $100 million in damages.
The Wall Street Journalreported that Stone admitted to his mistakes in a statement, saying he did not do his research correctly and “improperly” relied on information from former Trump campaign advisor Sam Numberg.
Numberg allegedly got his information from Bruno Wu, a Chinese-American media tycoon who interestingly had been accused by Guo of being a Chinese government spy.
“Recognizing my errors, I reached out to Mr. Guo and asked him to settle his defamation suit against me,” Stone said. “Mr. Guo graciously agreed to accept my regrets and apology.”
The conditions of the settlement are that Stone publish the corrective statement online at InfoWars, Facebook, Instagram and his own site, StoneZone.com.
But that isn’t all, Stone will also have to publish the statement as an advertisement in major news sources the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.