August 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm EST | by Phil Reese
Gay former U-M student president wins harassment case
Chris Armstrong, gay news, Washington Blade

Chris Armstrong was awarded $4.5 million in his suit against former assistant state attorney general Andrew Shirvell. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former student body president of the University of Michigan, Chris Armstrong will be paid $4.5 million in an award with a former state assistant attorney general for harassment linked to a 2010 dedicated website he created, bullying the openly gay student leader.

University of Michigan alumnus and then state assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell created the website “Chris Armstrong Watch” accusing the newly elected student body President of a “radical homosexual agenda,” according to the Detroit Free Press. The site quickly drew national attention, and earned Shirvell bookings on talk shows to discuss his views on Armstrong, where he used terms including “Satan’s representative on the student assembly” and a “privileged pervert.”

After a year of trading barbs, the case finally hit court last week, with Armstrong suing over defamation, stalking and invasion of privacy. After one day of deliberation, the jury found for plaintiff Armstrong on all accounts, awarding him the large sum.


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