Conservative activist Hayden Williams was attacked on UC Berkeley campus; Hayden Williams attorney Harmeet Dhillon discusses the latest on the case.
The man accused of assaulting a conservative activist on the University of California, Berkeley campus last month has been the subject of a restraining order and has filed numerous restraining orders himself, attorney Harmeet Dhillon told Fox News on Wednesday.
Suspect accused of punching conservative activist in face at UC Berkeley pleads not guilty
Zachary Greenberg, 28, pleaded not guilty this week to three criminal charges stemming from his alleged assault of Hayden Williams, whose beating has received national attention and even been cited by President Trump during his recent CPAC speech. Williams, who is 26 years old and not a student at Berkeley, said he was manning a recruitment table on campus for conservative group Turning Point USA when a man alleged to be Greenberg punched him. The incident was caught on video and soon went viral.
So, Mr. Greenberg over the past couple of years has had numerous incidents where he has filed restraining orders against his roommates in multiple group houses and then moved out of those group houses. His roommates have put in evidence that has been more believable and believed by the court that none of those incidents happened, Dhillon began.
Dhillon, Williams’ attorney, revealed on “Tucker Carlson Tonight" that Greenberg has had previous legal issues. He had allegedly filed numerous restraining orders and small claims against his roommates and also sued landlords — but the cases were dismissed, Williams said.
Greenberg was also the subject of a restraining order in 2017 that was requested by one of his roommates, Dhillon said. That order was reportedly granted by the courts and, according to legal documents obtained by Fox News, Greenberg was also forced to turn over his 12-gauge pump shotgun and boxes of ammunition.
Dhillon told Fox News the court has now ordered Greenberg to turn in any additional firearms he may have in his possession and granted a restraining order forbidding Greenberg from contacting Williams or going within 100 yards of the UC Berkeley campus.
Just hours before Dhillon revealed the alleged restraining order, Greenberg's attorney, Alanna Coopersmith, said her client had "a clean record."
"I understand many people observing this case are interested in constitutional freedom and I would remind them that one important constitutional freedom is the presumption of innocence, due process of law and due process in a courtroom, not on social media or the Internet," Coopersmith told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
Greenberg’s attorney did not respond to Fox News’s request for comment about the restraining orders and lawsuits.
Greenberg, a software engineer who is not a student at Berkeley, but was studying at the library there the day of the incident. He was charged with three felony counts relating to assault and causing or intending bodily injury, and criminal threats and a misdemeanor count related to vandalism.
The suspect accused of physically attacking a conservative activist last month on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, pleaded not guilty to three felony counts Wednesday, KGO-TV reported.
Prosecutors said Zachary Greenberg is the man seen in the viral video attacking Hayden Williams, the station said.
Williams — a field representative for the Leadership Institute, which trains conservative activists — was helping conservative student group Turning Point USA recruit members at UC Berkeley on the afternoon of Feb. 19.
Greenberg was arrested last week and is facing charges of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, battery with serious bodily injury, criminal threats — all felonies — as well as misdemeanor vandalism.
Teresa Drenick with the Alameda County District Attorneys office told The College Fix that felony assault “does carry a maximum penalty of four years in state prison.”
“Its actually sickening to watch it,” Williams attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, said of the attack video following Greenbergs hearing. “Its outrageous that a man who is exercising his rights on the UC campus is assaulted and subject to physical threats.”
Williams received a black eye as a result of the attack and said he suffered from concussion-like symptoms and that his ears were ringing days after the attack.
Greenberg — who is not a UC Berkeley student — was ordered not to contact Williams, and he isnt allowed within 100 yards of the campus, KGO said.
Greenbergs attorney Alanna Coopersmith focused on her clients right to due process, KTVU-TV reporter Henry K. Smith noted.
“Mr. Greenberg is a 28-year-old man, he was using the library at UC Berkeley to study, he has a clean record,” Coopersmith said following Greenbergs not guilty plea. “I realize that many people observing this case are interested in constitutional freedom, and I would remind that one important constitutional freedom is the presumption of innocence, due process of law, due process in courtroom, not on social media or the Internet.”
Williams told Fox News Sean Hannity that some Berkeley students got angry at Turning Point USAs recruitment table sign that read, “Hate Crime Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims.” The network added that the group also had a sign that read, “This is MAGA Country” — a reference to President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
The signs also referred to the controversy surrounding “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was arrested last week and accused by Chicago police of staging a fake hate crime against himself — at the hands of Trump supporters — to advance his career.
Williams told Hannity the man who punched him claimed Williams and Turning Point were promoting violence — and then the culprit got violent himself, even threatening to “shoot” him, according to the video of the incident.