Republican-leaning UC Berkeley undergrad Kiara Robles has reportedly dropped a $23 million lawsuit that was filed against the university on her behalf by attorneys Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch and Michael Kolodz, in connection with an attack caught on video during the protests over a canceled Milo Yiannopoulos event in February. As the Daily Californian reports, Robles filed a notice of "voluntary dismissal without prejudice" last week, and neither she nor her attorneys could be reached for comment.
The suit alleged that Robles was "attacked with extremely painful pepper spray and bear mace by masked assailants" during the February 1 protest that spilled off of the campus and into the city of Berkeley. She accused university officials of "willfully withholding police manpower" because they disagreed with conservative views.
Defendants named in the suit included UC President Janet Napolitano, the University of California Regents, UCPD, Berkeley Police Department, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and billionaire investor George Soros, among others.
The dismissal seems to be prompted by some legal action by Soros.
Per the Daily Cal:
Soros filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit earlier this month, characterizing it as based on an allegation of a “conspiracy” funded by Soros, but containing no factual basis.
In addition, Soros’ motion described the lawsuit as “the latest chapter in Plaintiff’s counsel’s long-running attempt to use the federal courts to prosecute frivolous, unsubstantiated claims against Mr. Soros.” It also states that this is the fourth such lawsuit in the past year, with the other three already having been dismissed.
The Berkeley city attorney, Farimah Brown, told the paper that the case was “meritless” and that they were pleased with its dismissal.
Robles had a semi-active presence on YouTube speaking out about her conservative views and other topics up until several months ago. Her last video was posted March 30, and she talks about gaining over 300 subscribers and not knowing what she should be talking about on YouTube.