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Whitefish Woman Testifies in Neo-Nazi Internet Troll Lawsuit

Tanya Gersh estimates at least $1.3 million in current and future losses

MISSOULA — A Montana real estate agent says she’s feeling the emotional and financial effects nearly three years after the publisher of a neo-Nazi website told his followers to unleash a “troll storm” on her family.

Tanya Gersh testified in U.S. District Court in Missoula Thursday as a judge considers her request to rule against The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin.

Gersh is asking for a default judgment in the civil lawsuit after Anglin failed to appear for a deposition in April. She estimates at least $1.3 million in current and future losses and says she is seeing a psychiatrist and takes anti-depressants.

The Missoulian reports Gersh’s husband and therapist also will testify.

Gersh says her family received hundreds of threatening messages after Anglin accused her of trying to drive the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer out of Whitefish.