Peter Todd, a former Bitcoin Core developer, has settled a defamation lawsuit towards cryptographer Isis Lovecruft who accused Todd of being a rapist in a tweet posted in February 2019.
The phrases of the settlement will see the go well with dropped with out financial compensation in alternate for Lovecruft issuing a press release “clarifying that they don’t assert (as they’ve by no means asserted) that Todd raped or sexually assaulted them personally.” Lovecruft makes use of the pronouns ‘they/them’ and their identify is a pseudonym.
Sexual assault allegations from Jane Doe
In February 2019, Lovecruft posted a tweet calling Peter Todd and two different cryptographers “rapists.”
In proceedings that adopted Todd submitting a defamation go well with in April 2019, Lovecruft claimed that Todd made “specific, verbal advances” towards them throughout conferences and conferences in 2014.
Lovecruft additionally filed an exhibit comprising screenshots of a Sign message alternate wherein an nameless girl known as ‘Jane Doe’ claimed to have been raped by Todd.
Lovecruft not required to retract statements
The phrases of the settlement between Todd and Lovecruft had been agreed on June 3, with the ultimate written settlement being composed on June 10.
In response to a put up printed by Lovecruft’s authorized protection to her Gofundme marketing campaign for authorized prices, as a part of the settlement Todd has “agreed to not take authorized motion towards any third get together recognized or referenced within the lawsuit” regarding their actions referring to the lawsuit.
Lovecruft agreed to waive lawyer’s charges referring to the profitable anti-SLAPP movement that they filed final halfway by final yr. That’s a type of litigation supposed to forestall meritless lawsuits from stifling discourse regarding issues of public curiosity. The settlement’s phrases don’t require Lovecruft to retract or delete any statements.
However Lovecruft seems to have doubled down on her accusations towards Todd, having since posting a tweet alleging as soon as once more that “Peter Todd is a rapist” regardless of asserting that “he didn’t rape me.”