“Unite the Right” organizer Jason Kessler has been indicted on a felony perjury charge over a incident in January that led to a misdemeanor assault conviction.
The alt-right organizer faces a perjury charge stemming from a sworn statement he made to a magistrate claiming assault by James Taylor, a Charlottesville resident, while gathering signatures in an effort to oust city councilor Wes Bellamy on January 22. Kessler would go on to organize “Unite the Right” in August, which spiraled into widespread violence resulting in one direct fatality and dozens of injuries.
In his complaint, Kessler alleged Taylor “grabbed the petition and my arm, shaking to separate the two.” His account was discredited by surveillance video of the incident and the charge was ultimately dismissed. Kessler later plead guilty on an assault charge over the same incident levied by Taylor.
An Albermarle County grand jury issued an indictment on Monday, listing January 23 – the date Kessler handed in his statement – as the offense date. A capias warrant has been issued for Kessler’s arrest, and he is now considered a fugitive according to court documents obtained by NBC29.
Kessler did not reply to a request for comment. This story will be updated if he does.