A UC Berkeley student who says she was violently attacked by protesters on campus the night of a planned speech by Milo Yiannopoulos in February is now suing the university along with a host of others including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for withholding police protection and allowing attacks like the one she suffered. As TMZ reports, the woman says she was "painfully pepper-sprayed" by "masked and unmasked assailants" within 15 minutes of her arriving at the Feb. 1 event, which was quickly canceled by the university as protests erupted that were both peaceful and anarchic ultimately making national headlines and garnering a tweet from President Trump.
Kiara Robles, who on Twitter calls herself a conservative who is against political correctness and SJWs (social justice warriors), is suing for $23 million and names as defendants UC Berkeley, the university president, chancellor, the UC Regents chair, the mayor of Berkeley, Berkeley's chief of police, and Pelosi.
In the video below you can see Robles wearing a Make Bitcoin Great Again* hat and getting interviewed by ABC 7, followed by the pepper-spray attack from an on-looker.
Per TMZ, which obtained documents from the suit, Robles is accusing university officials of "willfully withholding police manpower" because they disagree with conservative views, and she accuses Pelosi of encouraging violence toward Trump supporters.
The university has responded in a statement saying, "We are confident that UC [Police Department's] actions will be vindicated against the plaintiff's uninformed allegations." And they say they will vigorously defend their actions and look forward to "contesting this collection of false claims."
Robles posted a video to YouTube last fall coming out as both gay and as a Trump supporter. Subsequently, after her attack on campus the night of the Yiannopoulos event, she posted the video below, condemning the violence of protesters on the left, and detailing what she experienced after the pepper-spraying.
The cancelled event with Yiannopoulos on February 1 was followed by a pair of pro-Trump/alt-right rallies in downtown Berkeley that also turned violent, with anarchists and various liberal factions seeking to face off against conservatives and those they deem to be neo-Nazis. Arrests were made during and after both rallies, and all three events led the university to cancel a planned speech by conservative firebrand (and newly minted Trump critic) Ann Coulter last month.
At the time, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks wrote an op-ed in the New York Times suggesting that the school was "under attack from both sides." In defending the university's decision to either reschedule or cancel the Coulter event, Dirks wrote, "While the school remains absolutely committed to ensuring that all points of view can be voiced and heard, we cannot compromise the physical safety of our students and guests in the process."
Previously: UC Berkeley Cancels Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos Event Amid Protests, Trump Pens Angry Tweet
*This post has been corrected to show that Robles is wearing a "Make Bitcoin Great Again" hat, not a "Make America Great Again" hat.