Court Orders #MeToo Plaintiff Not to Mention Defendant’s Name in Public
Jane Doe sued Anonymous #1, claiming that he sexually touched her while providing “wellness treatments” as a “Nutrition-Coaching-Exercise-Mindfulness” expert at a “boutique quantum healing practice.” She also sued Anonymous’s companies (Anonymouses #2 to #4). The defendants counterclaimed for defamation, among other things.
The plaintiff sued as a Doe but named Anonymous; Anonymous then sought pseudonymity, on the grounds that “the false and unsubstantiated allegations made in this action threaten to destroy my good reputation in my community and have had a devastating effect on my family…. I have been unable to sleep and have suffered extreme emotional and physical distress.” Anonymous also noted that he is “a well-known and respected member of the Jewish Orthodox community in Brooklyn and executive director of a not-for-profit Jewish organization that help people who are suffering from all types of crisis.”
Justice Loren Baily-Schiffman agreed, granting the motion “to the extent of permitting defendants to proceed as Anonymous 1-4.” (Neither the court nor the defendants seem to have been working hard to preserve the pseudonymity within the court files, though, since both parties’ names are readily available in various publicly accessible documents.)
But after that, Doe sent e-mails and posted items online naming Anonymous (using his full name); according to Anonymous,
[V]iolating this Court’s anonymity Order, Plaintiff sent an email to me and more than a dozen other people disclosing my name and Defendants’ names and website addresses falsely accusing me, my family and my employees of committing crimes. In that email she wrote, “… At this point, these criminals [my name redacted], his family, and employees are guilty of attempted murder and possibly murder… ” …
Plaintiff posted a video and a written statement on Insta
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