University of Cincinnati sued by Richard Spencer over speech fee

The University of Cincinnati is being sued over a “cost-prohibitive” speech fee for white nationalist Richard Spencer by an attorney who represents the speaker.

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The attorney filed a federal lawsuit late Monday night against the university, claiming the school asked him to pay too much for the cost of security, according to our partners at WBNS.

Last year, the University of Cincinnati agreed to allow Spencer to exercise his right to free speech and speak on the campus this year, uninvited. The school’s president pledged that the safety and security of the campus community would be the top priority.

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“A price tag cannot be affixed to the fundamental right of free speech”,  said attorney Kyle Bristow, who represents Spencer. “A speech tax does not comport with the United States Constitution and will not whatsoever be tolerated by my client.”

Spencer’s legal team filed a similar lawsuit against the Ohio State University.

UC did not immediately issue a response to the filing.

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