In a recent twist, Peter Todd, a former Bitcoin Core developer and crypto consultant, filed a libel suit against "isis now lovecruft," which previously accused him of rape and sexual assault.
According to the CoinSpice, the defamation action was filed by Todd's lawyer, Liana W Chen, a senior associate of Kronenberger Rosenfeld, in the Northern District Court of California. The suit was filed April 2, 2019 in Oakland, and Judge Donna M. Ryu is due to hear the case.
I can confirm that I have brought this case and, on the advice of the lawyer, ask that the questions be addressed to my lawyers.
That said, I hope Isis Lovecruft does the right thing here. If she does, I hope the wider community will act in the spirit of forgiveness and healing, as I do. pic.twitter.com/zGHA9ygrlN
– Peter Todd (@peterktodd) April 5, 2019
The defamation process detailed a timeline of the charges against him by Isis Now Lovecruft. According to Todd's lawsuit, he and Isis Now Lovecruft were known and problems began when Lovecruft publicly accused another man of sexual assault.
According to reports, after the indictment, Lovecruft wanted Peter Todd to publicly condemn the accused. When Todd failed, Lovecruft accused Todd of rape and sexual assault along with two other great cryptographers.
These allegations were made by Lovecruft via Twitter on February 20, 2019, when she accused Nadim Kobeissi, a renowned cryptographer known for his work on the Cryptocat web service and his contributions against Internet censorship, rape and sexual misconduct. She claimed he forcibly grabbed her face and kissed her while attending a conference in 2012.
Lovecruft also said she was not the only woman who had faced the sexual misconduct of the people in question and claimed she had spoken to "several survivors."
Nadim Kobeissi is a serial rapist and abuser who defends other rapists including Jacob Appelbaum and Peter Todd and in 2012 he grabbed my face and strength kissed me at a conference and I absolutely believe the multiple survivors with whom I have already spoken personally pic.twitter.com/z6PSOIF5mJ
– isis now lovecruft (@isislovecruft) February 20, 2019
However, although Kobeissi was her main target, she also mentioned Peter Todd and Jacob Appelbaum in their tweet. Appelbaum was a former member of Project Tor and worked with many renowned activism sites, including WikiLeaks.
This raised many eyebrows, as the accused were famous in the cryptographic space. When a user questioned Lovecruft about his allegations against Peter Todd, she confirmed that Todd was indeed a rapist. She stated,
"Yes, similar to Nadim, I personally have a story about Peter Todd and I personally talked to survivors with absolutely horrible and horrifying reports that are terrified of him and to introduce themselves (rightly so) however I am not afraid and [sh****] The guys are falling.
Following this seemingly unfounded allegation and the social media attention it received, Twitter blocked its account for "violating its rules against abusive behavior."
Although Todd and Appelbaum did not pay much attention to Lovecruft's claim immediately, Kobeissi refuted the charges through a Twitter post. In her series of tweets, the cryptographer said that Isis had "turned" into a "monster" and that she had changed a lot in the six years he met her.
Isis, you're spreading terrible rumors, rumors and insinuations about people I know and have been working with on the field for years. The number is so great and your insistence on spreading lies about people is so great that I'm going to have to put my foot down and ask you to stop.
– Nadim Kobeissi (@kaepora) February 5, 2019
He added that he was not afraid of her and subtly accused Lovecruft of spreading lies and gossiping about people who did not like her or offended her anyway. He concluded his statement by asking her to go ahead and continue the "good work" for which she was known and closed the claims.
It was after the whole fiasco won the unwarranted attention of social media that Peter Todd decided to file a defamation suit. In his lawsuit, Todd stated that the charges against him were false and false and that he had never raped or sexually abused anyone. He based his defamation suit on the fact that Todd's "statements of rape and sexual abuse remain publicly available," damaging his reputation to a large extent.
The defamation lawsuit came into the limelight when lawyer Stephen Palley tweeted about it on April 5. said that the case was related to speech problems and that there were certain merits associated with it. He commented:
"The request for an injunction is interesting – it's been a while since I've looked at this, but it's hard to get a court to order the speech, even defamatory speech; This is unlikely to happen at a preliminary injunction hearing. "
Although the authenticity of allegations made by Lovecruft is yet to be verified by official entities, Reddit was of the opinion that his allegations were false, possessing the lack of evidence of his side. A Redditor, bittabet, commented,
"This lady accused a ton of people of being" serial rapists "based on" stories she heard "on twitter. If real rapes are committed, they should be reported to the police. Inventing claims based on "stories you've heard" is not the best way to do this. "
However, it is interesting to note that Jacob Appelbaum had already dealt with sexual assault allegations of Now and another woman named Alison Macrina. This eventually led Appelbaum to relinquish the Tor Project, although he insisted that he was innocent and that the charges against him were "a calculated and directed attack." [that] was released to spread vicious and spurious claims against him.
Andrea Shepard, developer and collaborator of Appelbaum at the Berlin-based Tor Project, after the initial set of allegations, stated that Tor's management had suspected Appelbaum of sexual misconduct for months before leaving the project.
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