Ousted Employee Sherrod Sues Breitbart

February 14, 2011 - 5:28 PM

Washington (AP) - Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod has sued conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart over a video that led to her dismissal last summer, according to a person with knowledge of the lawsuit.

Sherrod said Monday that she is "still reeling" after she was ousted in a racial firestorm in July. USDA officials asked Sherrod to resign after Breitbart posted an edited video of comments she had made in a speech. The clip did not include the whole speech and made her comments appear racist. She was later asked to return but declined the offer.

Sherrod referred questions about the lawsuit to her lawyer, who did not immediately return a call for comment.

Breitbart said on his website that he was sued but did not mention Sherrod by name. He said he is "confident of being fully vindicated."