Matt Groopie Legal Fund
In June 2018 a $500 000 lawsuit was launched against Matt “Groopie” Bergman by a city councillor for exposing her harassment, bullying and intimidation toward him, local business' and local Richmond Hill jam host and booker Steffi Goodfield who is battling stage 4 breast cancer.
They received threats, intimidation, bullying and harrasement in the form of phone messages, emails and Facebook messages.
They tried to have this issue dealt with through the town, submitting a complaint on the matter which was refused to be investigated, as well as by approaching the mayor and council who at the time didn't want to step in and do anything about the situation. After they were denied, they went to the media as they felt it was their only option.
Matt was then given a choice - sign an apology and retraction for exposing the councillor or suffer the consequences. The consequence was this egregious lawsuit designed to shut him up. Instead of signing the apology, he decided to fight for himself, Steffi and the community at large.
He needs your help to fight this injustice and this blatent infringement on Matt’s freedom of speech and human rights. Public officials should be held accountable for their actions and shouldn't be able to try to silence critics of them. Furthermore, Matt felt it was important to stand up for his good friend, a vulnerable member of his community who didn't have the energy to fight for herself.
Matt Groopie is a musician who works hard and gives a lot of time and money to charity and good causes as well as a community volunteer who encourage and tries to teach people how to play music through open jams. He has helped thousands of local artists through his work at Cherry Colas and many other venues in Toronto, Richmond Hill and beyond.
He needs help paying for his legal fees in order to stand up to this blatant disregard for human decency and with your help, he can correct this incorrect situation.
Please give generously. We appreciate any and all support.
Don’t Let Them Tell You You’re Not Allowed To Talk”- Matt “Groopie” Bergman