Enterprise capitalist Shervin Pishevar, who has been accused by a number of unnamed girls of sexual misconduct in a latest information report, is now being accused by a Republican-affiliated opposition analysis agency of spreading false details about it in an try to cowl up his alleged wrongdoings.
In a weird twist on Wednesday, Definers Public Affairs — which Pishevar is suing for allegedly serving to to unfold a false police report that accuses him of rape — filed a movement to dismiss the investor’s swimsuit in full. That movement, made in San Francisco Superior Courtroom, argues that Pishevar’s lawsuit ought to be thrown out beneath California’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Towards Public Participation (anti-SLAPP) legislation, which was designed to forestall litigation that’s merely meant to silence or intimidate critics by burying them beneath authorized prices.
Pishevar “filed the lawsuit earlier than reporters printed their tales, undoubtedly hoping his lawsuit would intimidate girls and the press from revealing studies of alleged sexual misconduct and harassment,” the movement argues.
“Mr. Pishevar now seeks to make use of the American courts to proceed his effort to stifle studies of his alleged misconduct.”
Final week, Bloomberg Information reported that Pishevar sexually harassed five unnamed women, who had agreed to make use of their names within the story, however then retracted their permission after studying about Pishevar’s lawsuit and authorized techniques. Pishevar initially sued Definers in November, following the publication of tales in a number of shops about an alleged rape that occurred in London in Might. In that swimsuit, the investor accused Definers of disseminating false details about the London incident. A police doc, which some shops used to report on the incident, was later discovered to have incorrect info, although Pishevar has by no means denied that the occasion occurred.
“Mr. Pishevar now seeks to make use of the American courts to proceed his effort to stifle studies of his alleged misconduct,” the movement reads. “However as a substitute of suing any press outlet immediately, he has opted for a diversionary tactic: by concentrating on a PR agency with two founders who previously labored on Republican campaigns, he hopes to create a false narrative of ‘Republicans vs. Democrats’ as a smokescreen.”
Pishevar was a big contributor to Democratic politicians. On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Democratic senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, who acquired marketing campaign funds from the enterprise capitalist, have donated that cash to charity.
Mark Fabiani, a spokesperson for Pishevar, declined to remark. On Tuesday, Pishevar took a go away of absence from his enterprise fund Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One, the place he’s coexecutive chairman.
“I’ve determined to take a direct go away of absence from my duties at Sherpa Capital and Virgin Hyperloop One, in addition to my portfolio firm board tasks, in order that I can pursue the prosecution of my lawsuit, the place I’m assured I might be vindicated,” Pishevar mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday. “By way of the invention course of, I hope to unearth who fabricated the fraudulent London ‘police report,’ and who’s chargeable for spreading false rumors about me.”
In its movement, Definers says it searched by way of emails and paperwork and confirmed that they’d no information of labor associated to Pishevar earlier than it was sued. The movement argues that Pishevar filed his swimsuit towards Definers with the intention to presumably stem future tales about him — such because the Bloomberg piece that was printed final week — and asks the courtroom to compel the investor to pay for the agency’s incurred authorized prices. “As a result of Mr. Pishevar can’t presumably produce any proof to substantiate his claims — once more, as a result of Defendants have actually nothing to do with the allegations — his claims have to be dismissed,” reads the submitting.
A supply near the agency mentioned that it might not be pursuing additional authorized motion towards Pishevar for now.
“We’re assured that the courtroom will see by way of his technique of submitting deceitful lawsuits to intimidate girls from coming ahead,” mentioned Tim Miller, a associate Definers Public Affairs, in an announcement.