KEY POINTS

  • Journalist David Daleiden is suing Sen. Kamala Harris for civil rights violation
  • Harris was the attorney general who investigated his undercover expose of Planned Parenthood 
  • Daleiden claimed that Harris conspired with Planned Parenthood on his case to advance her political plans

An anti-abortion journalist has filed a lawsuit against Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and claimed that the former attorney general was part of an "ongoing conspiracy" to violate his civil rights.

David Daleiden, who founded the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), said that Harris abused her office when she took part in "orchestrating the first and only prosecution of a journalist under California's video recording law."

48571349961_70a8e2131d_k Sen. Kamala Harris is being sued by an anti-abortion journalist for violating his civil rights over a series of Planned Parenthood videos. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Daleiden made headlines in 2015 after he released his undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts. Harris was the attorney general at that time, who launched an investigation into the journalist using the state's law against eavesdropping.

In 2017, Xavier Becerra, who became the next California attorney general, criminally charged Daleiden following Harris’ investigations.

“The right to privacy is a cornerstone of California’s Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society,” Becerra's statement on Daleiden’s criminal case read. “We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.”

The journalist also faced a civil lawsuit from Planned Parenthood, which claimed that his video recordings were illegally taken. The jury sided with Planned Parenthood in November 2019, ordering Daleiden's CMP to pay the damage of $2.2 million.

Now, Daleiden’s lawsuit against Harris, Becerra, and Planned Parenthood pertains to the damages caused by their smear campaign and restriction of his First Amendment rights.

“This complaint seeks justice for a brazen, unprecedented, and ongoing conspiracy to selectively use California’s video recording laws as a political weapon to silence disfavored speech," Daleiden's lawsuit stated. Daleiden's legal team claimed that Harris used this case to advance her political plans.

Allegedly, Harris met with the executives of Planned Parenthood, along with witnesses to her investigation into Daleiden's case, two weeks before the California Department of Justice raided the journalist's home in 2016 to map out their political agenda. The authorities seized his camera, hard drives, and other equipment, but his lawyers said Daleiden did not violate the state's video recording law.

The lawsuit also stated that Daleiden’s investigation into Planned Parenthood revealed a big cover-up between Harris and her alleged co-conspirators.

Harris and Becerra's offices have yet to comment on the new lawsuit.