Activist sues Oscar nominee James Woods over ‘Nazi’ tweet

Actor James Woods poses at the premiere of the film "Bleed for This" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio activist is suing Oscar nominee James Woods for defamation over a tweet he sent out during the presidential campaign season.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Portia Boulger, a supporter of Bernie Sanders, filed a federal lawsuit this month.

The Twitter account @voxday identified Boulger as a woman in a Donald Trump T-shirt appearing to give a Nazi salute during a March 2016 rally for Trump.

Woods’ account tweeted the photo and information, asking, “So-called #Trump ‘Nazi’ is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?”

The same day, @voxday issued a correction, saying the woman wasn’t Boulger. Woods tweeted 10 days later that she wasn’t Boulger.

Woods’ attorney calls the lawsuit “patently bogus.”

Boulger is seeking millions in damages.

Woods received best-actor Oscar nominations for his roles in “Salvador” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.”

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