I suppose anything's possible there. Apparently he filed defamation and IIED claims three weeks ago.<quoted text>
You don't think he will get something from NBC?
The problem with the defamation claim is truth is an absolute defense, and he may have a few of those pesky skeletons floating around.
With either claim he has to prove actual damages, and that may not be a simple task.
I'm guessing the purpose of filing the suit at this particular point in time is primarily to influence the jury pool in the criminal matter and create reasonable doubt. He gets two bites at the apple this way, because much of the evidence surrounding any hate crime charges (if he was charged with any, I really haven't followed it) will be the same in the civil suit.