A local Minuteman leader whose home was searched by San Diego police Wednesday has now been sued for defamation, along with an associate.
Joanne Yoon, a former San Diego State University student, filed the lawsuit yesterday in San Diego Superior Court against Oceanside resident Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, and fellow anti-illegal immigration activist Ray Carney.
According to the complaint, Yoon, 24, was working as an independent contractor for the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego last year. She monitored the activities of the Minutemen at day labor sites as a coordinator for the San Diego Legal Observer Coalition.
The suit, which includes a Web posting and e-mails allegedly written by the defendants, says that Schwilk and Carney repeatedly referred to Yoon in e-mails and on the Web in vulgar terms.
Neither Schwilk nor Carney could be reached for comment yesterday.
In the lawsuit, one Web posting attributed to them shows a photo of Yoon surrounded by day laborers, with the text insinuating that she is a prostitute: “She really is popular or very inexpensive. (Hey Joe . . . Five Dolla-Five Dolla),” the text reads.
Yoon is Korean-American.
The posting concludes with an offer of $50 to anyone who can find her home address.
He said Yoon did not wish to comment on the lawsuit, which seeks $1 million in compensatory damages. The idea, he said, “is to deter this kind of conduct.”