Charlottesville protest organizer indicted for perjury

In this frame from video, Jason Kessler, a blogger based in Charlottesville, Va., speaks to the media on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Kessler, who organized the rally in Charlottesville on Saturday that sparked violent clashes between white supremacist groups and counter-protesters tried to hold a news conference, but a crowd booed him and forced him away from the lectern. (AP Photo)

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX/WRIC) — The man who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was recently indicted by a grand jury in a nearby county on a felony perjury charge.

Jason Kessler was recently charged in Albemarle County in relation to a sworn statement he made in January. Court records show that on Jan. 23, 2017, Kessler gave a statement to a magistrate claiming that he was assaulted by James Taylor on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall while trying to get signatures for a petition.

Court records show that on Jan. 23, 2017, Kessler gave a statement to a magistrate claiming that he was assaulted by James Taylor on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall while trying to get signatures for a petition. The petition was to get Wes Bellamy removed from Charlottesville City Council.

Kessler was later convicted of assault related to that incident. The charges against Taylor were later dismissed.