Gibson's Bakery wins $44 million defamation lawsuit against Oberlin College after being falsely labeled as "Racist"
In December 2017, as reported by TGP reporter Cassandra Fairbanks, an Ohio bakery filed a lawsuit against Oberlin College and its dean for slander, after the establishment was branded as "racist" after three black men assaulted the shopkeeper and were arrested for attempting to steal wine.
The men had claimed that they were simply trying to purchase the wine from Gibson's Bakery usnig fake identification cards, but pleaded guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespassing in August. Campus reform reports that part of their plea agreement included an admission that their actions were wrong and that the store had no racist intentions.
Allyn Gibson, the person working at the shop at the time, was repeatedly accused of racial profiling after being assaulted by the men- though no evidence was ever provided of his alleged racism. The Oberlin Student Senate even passed a resolution claiming that Gibson had "a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment".