- Tech billionaire Michael Goguen is accusing the New York Post of defamation after it ran a story about a lawsuit that alleges Goguen ran an illegal sex-trafficking enterprise out of Montana.
- The lawsuit alleges the billionaire paid women to “perform other deviant sexual acts with him, and that he “had sex with one acquaintance’s wife and 16-year-old babysitter.”
- Goguen allegedly tried to arrange the murder of those who threatened to expose his “lifestyle” in a message on Wickr: “I know that’s a VERY big ask but we are in defcon 5.”
Jacob Shamsian and Áine Cain from Insider write:
“Tech billionaire Michael Goguen is accusing the New York Post of defamation after the newspaper ran a story about a lawsuit that alleges Goguen used his fortune to run an illegal enterprise that recruits, transports, and pays off women for sex.
Insider has viewed a copy of a letter that a representative for Goguen sent to the Post, which reported on the lawsuit Saturday in an article by staffer Isabel Vincent.
“Ms. Vincent and the Post either knew the statements in the article were false, or acted with a reckless disregard as to their truth,” reads the letter from Bruce E. Van Dalsem, an attorney representing Goguen.
Goguen’s attorneys sought to dismiss the lawsuit, which was first filed in February, in June, claiming the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit and failed to describe a pattern of illegal activity.
Four ex-employees of Goguen’s — Matthew Marshall, John Maguire, Keegan Bonnet, and Anthony Aguilar — filed a significantly amended version of the lawsuit in September. In it, they allege that the 57-year-old billionaire used his wealth and influence to run a sex trafficking operation in Whitefish, Montana, a town of just over 7,700 nestled in the Rocky Mountains…”
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