After many months of relentless, baseless and absolutely heinous accusations including child sex trafficking, aiding and abetting child sexual predators, and even murder, all made by Daniel John Lee against four individuals (Craig Sawyer, Russ Dizdar, Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann), self-proclaimed investigative reporter Daniel John Lee was sued in civil court in March, 2020 pursuant to his wishes. Despite the promise of proving his case through the legal process of discovery, Lee failed to respond to the defamation lawsuit, resulting in a default judgement. The following is a copy of the civil complaint:
Earlier this year, a hearing for damages was held in Stark County, Ohio. Defendant Lee failed to appear for that hearing. One exhibit was offered into evidence by the plaintiffs, which is being shown publicly for the first time in this video segment from The Hagmann Report broadcast on Thursday, June 3, 2021.
On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, plaintiffs Craig Sawyer, Russ Dizdar, Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann were awarded $4,650,000.00 (aggregate) monetary damages in a court judgement against defendant Lee.
We hope that this award will deter others from engaging in such defamation, which is injurious to the work of the plaintiffs and victims of human and child trafficking. The following is a copy of the civil judgement and award of monetary damages: