cc: Toronto Media Co-Op
Please read through this letter carefully- this is the last time I’m going to explain these points to you. When you are finished reading, read again. Then, I expect you to write back a formal apology. If you do this, I will considered the matter between us to be resolved.
On the 16th of October you made a serious of false statements against me. Each of them is untrue (well, we’re all assholes sometimes) and based on based on spiteful rumours spread around about me:
As a journalist, I’m surprised you don’t know the danger of what you have done here. For you it’s dangerous because you have slandered against me- but, also because it conflicts with your claim to be a journalist. You have put both my reputation and your’s at-risk by doing this- it is essential you take immediate action to repair the damage you’re doing.
I’ve spoken with three people who tell me you’ve said similar things about me to them in-person. And, it is my understanding that you were also slandering me on the Toronto Media Co-Op’s Google Group. The people who have initially made these statements have put themselves into significant jeopardy. A journalist who repeats and asserts such accusations without solid evidence has no good excuse for such behaviour.
There’s a problem with this sort of behaviour and hate Darrell- it leads to other people getting upset and violent. I know you are aware of the assault I experienced in June- the people who executed the assault are in the Toronto Media Co-Op’s target audience. And, unfortunately, other people in TMC’s circles are issuing new threats.
You’re a member of the media- so, when you say such things about people, they are taken with more weight than when others do. Please remember this.
One person told me that if I write about you, they are going to attack me- curiously that person is a contractor who claims to work for the RCMP. Additionally, Joey Bokhaut, made a threat to me shortly after threatening that I would be attacked again:
The lies that you have been telling people about me could potentially result in violence against me. It’s also likely that unfounded statements you share about me on me prior to my assault helped create that situation. Not only must you cease-and-deist telling mistruths and encouraging hate- but, you now need to write a public apology, retracting what you have already said.
If you don’t issue a public retraction for what you have said, and I encounter any further (physical or other) harm, you will have some personal responsibility for what occurs. Additionally, as you have been representing TMC, your organization (and it’s funders/members) may also in jeopardy- I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know exactly who is liable yet. More importantly, I’d like to appeal to your sense of humanity.
If you have issues with the things I write, for god’s sake, please say it. I appreciate genuine criticism, and will gladly enter into any debate with you- as long as you argue with the truth and facts. But, when you publish such horrible lies against me online, you are putting both of us at-risk.
Thank you for your attention to this letter, and I look forward to your speedy response. As an olive branch, if you act honourably I’ll show my appreciation by releasing you from any further liability. I mean that, you’re only a middleman in what’s been done against me- if you help fix the problem, I’ll hold no grudges against you.