White supremacist from Vice documentary pleads guilty to assault charges

A white nationalist protester featured in the Vice News documentary about the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery.

Christopher Cantwell, 37, was arrested after the rally and charged with illegal use of tear gas and malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance or agent after using pepper spray during the rally at the University of Virginia.

The Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said in a statement Friday that Cantwell was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 12 months with all but seven months suspended, according to The Washington Post.


He was also ordered to leave the state of Virginia within eight hours, and is banned from returning for five years. Additionally, Cantwell was fined $250 for discussing his victims on social media, a violation of his bond.

Cantwell was profiled in a Vice News documentary about the rally, and was also known as the “crying Nazi” after a video of him crying about the possibility of being arrested went viral. He turned himself in to the police after warrants were issued for his arrest.

The August 2017 rally saw white supremacists and counterprotesters clash violently over the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

One woman was killed when a driver plowed into a group of counterprotesters. The 21-year-old man accused of driving the car has been charged with 30 counts of federal hate crimes.