Former Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit

Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit

TL;DR: Case No. 4:19-cv-01751, a personal injury lawsuit, was filed by attorneys of former Bitcoin Core developer Peter Todd, claiming he was falsely accused of rape and sexual assault on social media by pseudo-anonymous Tor developer isis agora lovecruft [sic]. The defamation case involves many well-known ecosystem developers, and up until this point the issues surrounding it remained mostly just rumor and accusation. ****UPDATE AT END OF ARTICLE**** 

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Bitcoin Core Developer Files Rape, Sexual Assault, Defamation Suit

CoinSpice confirmed the lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court Northern District of California on behalf of Todd by attorney Liana W. Chen of Kronenberger Rosenfeld. It was listed on the court’s website as being filed 3 April 2019 in Oakland, and Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu will hear its first motions.

Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit
Courtesy of attorney Stephen Palley.

In the suit, Todd alleges he and isis agora lovecruft are acquaintances, and roughly three years ago she publicly accused another man of sexual assault. When Todd did not publicly condemn the man, that is when, according to Todd, she accused Todd of rape and sexual assault.

Todd insists her “statements are false as Todd [has] never raped or sexually assaulted anyone,” according to court documents, that such “statements of accusing Todd of rape and sexual assault remain publicly available,” and that “he has been harmed and continues to be harmed by” those statements.

Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit
Screenshot from isis agora lovecruft

Accusations Against Multiple Men

“Nadim Kobeissi is a serial rapist and abuser who defends other rapists including Jacob Appelbaum and Peter Todd,” isis agora lovecruft posted 20 February 2019, “and in 2012 he grabbed my face and force kissed me at a conference and i absolutely believe the multiple survivors i’ve personally spoken with since then.”

Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit

Kobeissi, a computer scientist and NYU professor, is best known for his work on the Cryptocat web chat service, his activism against internet censorship, and for winning a Webby Award. Appelbaum is a journalist and researcher, former member of the Tor project, who is also involved in various forms of activism, including WikiLeaks. Todd is described in the suit as a former Bitcoin Core developer and current crypto consultant, conference speaker.

When asked by a commenter directly if Todd in particular was indeed a rapist, she confirmed her allegations, “yes, similar to Nadim, i personally have a story about Peter Todd and i’ve personally spoken with survivors with absolutely awful and horrifying reports who are terrified of him and of coming forward (rightly so) i however am not afraid and [sh****] dudes are going down.”

Bitcoin Core Developer Accused of Rape, Sexual Assault, Files Defamation Lawsuit
Her account was apparently flagged for rules violation in connection to an initial allegation against Kobeissi

For his part, Kobeissi responded to an earlier allegation and insisted, “Almost everyone in this world will at some point be hurt or treated with some injustice. What matters most is how we allow ourselves to be changed as a result. Compared to the Isis I knew six years ago, you’ve become a monster. It’s a transformation I’ve watched helplessly.” He added, “Isis, I’m not afraid of you, and your continuing to spread lies and gossip about people you don’t like or who offend you won’t produce effect. I hope you’ll take my comments in the spirit they were intended and continue to do good work. I’m going to stop engaging now.”

Attorney Stephen Palley weighed-in on the defamation suit’s potential merits as they relate to speech issues, explaining, “The injunction request is interesting — it’s been a while since I’ve looked at this but it is hard to get a court to enjoin speech, even defamatory speech; unlikely to happen at a prelim injunction hearing.” CoinSpice reached out to Todd’s attorney, and as of publication we have not received comment. None of the other principals have commented publicly on the suit as of this writing.

UPDATE *****

5 April 2019 Peter Todd posted:

DISCLOSURE: The author holds cryptocurrency as part of his financial portfolio, including BCH. 

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