Wounded Soldier Sues Michael Moore

mora

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Wounded Iraq War veteran Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore:
SEEKS $85M FOR 'LYING' 9/11 CLIP


By JENNIFER FERMINO



TWISTED: Double-amputee Iraq vet Peter Damon, yesterday in Massachusetts, says Michael Moore unfairly portrayed him as anti-war in footage showing him suffering in a hospital.

A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America's invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.

In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.

"They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene," Damon said yesterday. "They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition."

Damon seems to "voice complaint about the war effort" in the movie, according to the lawsuit.



But what the father of two from Middleborough, Mass., was really talking about was the "excruciating" pain he felt after he lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.

Damon wasn't expressing any opinion about the war, the suit charges, but rather extolling the drug.

"I just want everybody to know what kind of a guy Michael Moore is, and what kind of film this is," said Damon. He has appeared in two films attacking "Fahrenheit" -"Michael Moore Hates America" and "Fahrenhype 9/11."

In "Fahrenheit 9/11," the bandaged National Guardsman is shown laying on a gurney complaining that he feels like he's "being crushed in a vise. But they [the drugs] do a lot to help it and they take a lot of the edge off it."

His image appears seconds after Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) says, "You know, they say they're not leaving any veterans behind, but they're leaving all kinds of veterans behind."

Damon - the dad of a 8-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy - doesn't come close to feeling that way.

"He couldn't have picked the worst guy to say that about," he told The Post.

"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."

Particularly outrageous to Damon is the fact that Moore never interviewed him or asked his permission to use the old clip.

"I was complaining about the pain I would've been having [if it weren't for the painkiller]," he said.

NBC is named in the suit - which was filed in Suffolk County, Mass., on Friday - along with Harvey and Robert Weinstein, Miramax Corp., Lions Gate Films and other production companies involved with the picture.

Newsman Brian Williams ends the NBC clip by adding, "These men, with catastrophic wounds are . . . completely behind the war effort," according to the lawsuit.

That part, which wasn't shown in the Moore movie, is a far more accurate depiction of Damon's feelings, he said.

Lawyer Dennis Lynch said he took the case last year and they held off filing the lawsuit in a bid to settle the matter.

"We attempted to resolve the situation amicably with Mr. Moore [for a year] but he refused," he said.

Damon is asking for up to $75 million because of "loss of reputation, emotional distress, embarrassment, and personal humiliation."

In addition, his wife is suing for another $10 million because of the "mental distress and anguish suffered by her spouse."

Spokeswomen for NBC and Harvey and Robert Weinstein would not comment because they haven't seen the suit. Lions Gate doesn't comment on pending litigation, a rep said.

Michael Moore and Miramax reps didn't return calls for comment.

jennifer.fermino@nypost.com

http://www.nypost.com/news/nationalnews/69383.htm
 

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The first casualty of war is truth.
 
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mora said:
Wounded Iraq War veteran Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore: GI’s Big Fat Suit Vs. Moore.

SEEKS $85M FOR 'LYING' 9/11 CLIP
"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."
Just puts what is happening to some of our returning wounded in perspective. Call the Yanks what you like but they look after their own.
 

mora

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I think I've just thought of a use for Prescotts former Grace and Favour home as a convalescent centre for our wounded!!
 
#8
i've not trusted Michael Moore since he blew up Team America's HQ.
 
#10
It's about time Moore was held to account for his 'interpretational' approach to editing!!!
 
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Strait_Jacket said:
mora said:
Wounded Iraq War veteran Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore: GI’s Big Fat Suit Vs. Moore.

SEEKS $85M FOR 'LYING' 9/11 CLIP
"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."
Just puts what is happening to some of our returning wounded in perspective. Call the Yanks what you like but they look after their own.
Exactly! that really impressed me. Just normal folks contributing time and money to help re-home those who were injured in the service of their country!
 
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(QUOTE)-In addition, his wife is suing for another $10 million because of the "mental distress and anguish suffered by her spouse."

Surely his wife trying to sue as well for the same charge isnt right.
Why doesn't every man and his dog get on the case and sue that fat socialist knacker for causing mental distress to Peter Damon.
 
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Fair play to him though, he did front up to God/Moses/Ben Hur about the NRA at the end of Bowling for Columbine.

Wonder if he got home to a pissed off burning bush on his front lawn? :?
 
#15
Moore is a prick yes but the two off them suing for $85 mill!!!!!!! that is a bit over the top? However if it cleans out Moore I hope they win.
If the guy wins hopefully he will put a wad of that to help other service men like himself? and not be a money grabbing scroat (no disrespect to the guy)
 
#16
I don't like Moore either- he's as much of a disingenuous blowhard as Bill O'Reilly and "Man" Coulter, but this is a fishing trip.
 
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Strait_Jacket said:
mora said:
Wounded Iraq War veteran Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore: GI’s Big Fat Suit Vs. Moore.

SEEKS $85M FOR 'LYING' 9/11 CLIP
"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."
Just puts what is happening to some of our returning wounded in perspective. Call the Yanks what you like but they look after their own.

In this case, they are a charity stepping into the breach, with donations by private citizens. Whereas the US government (the vast majority of whose members have no relatives serving in armed conflicts abroad) have washed their hands of any duty of care for physically or mentally injured troops returning home.



As for dead soldiers, they're getting 'buried' by their 'free' press and government even before they've arrived back.

If he wins his $85M he should donate it to this charity and ask the government to match it dollar for dollar - but the cynic in me thinks this is extremely unlikely to happen.
 
#18
Wounded Soldier Sues Michael Moore...hmmmm?

Much as I love this headline/story, I think on balance I would prefer to see "Wounded Michael Moore sues soldier!"
 
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frenchperson said:
Strait_Jacket said:
mora said:
Wounded Iraq War veteran Peter Damon is suing Michael Moore: GI’s Big Fat Suit Vs. Moore.

SEEKS $85M FOR 'LYING' 9/11 CLIP
"I'm the most fortunate disabled guy. I've even had a house built for me [by a nonprofit group, Home for Our Troops]."
Just puts what is happening to some of our returning wounded in perspective. Call the Yanks what you like but they look after their own.

In this case, they are a charity stepping into the breach, with donations by private citizens. Whereas the US government (the vast majority of whose members have no relatives serving in armed conflicts abroad) have washed their hands of any duty of care for physically or mentally injured troops returning home.



As for dead soldiers, they're getting 'buried' by their 'free' press and government even before they've arrived back.

If he wins his $85M he should donate it to this charity and ask the government to match it dollar for dollar - but the cynic in me thinks this is extremely unlikely to happen.
Frenchie, you seem so bitter towards the US that you cannot admire an example of compassion and altruism for what it is without sneering and going off on a generalised and unsubstantiated rant about free media... without really making any kind of point. Do you have one or is this just G10 Gallic bile?
 
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Cuddles said:
Wounded Soldier Sues Michael Moore...hmmmm?

Much as I love this headline/story, I think on balance I would prefer to see "Wounded Michael Moore sues soldier!"
Cuddles - how dare you. You must not condone or encourage poor marksmanship...although I admit it would take far more than two men to remove him from the battlefield.
 

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