Help the Tigermans Fight Back

Two months ago, the Los Angeles Times ran a story about Bryan Callen that included accusations of sexual misconduct by four women. One of them was my wife, Katherine, who described how Bryan raped her. 

Yesterday, he sued me for defending her, and supporting victims like her.

I need your help to fight back and fund a strong legal defense. The money we raise will pay for our legal expenses and, if we raise more than necessary (or if Bryan has to pay our legal fees at the end of this), whatever is left will go to RAINN and similar charities that support sexual assault victims.

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My wife Katherine is an amazing woman, stronger and braver than any I know. 

It took all of that bravery to recover from the catastrophic infection that nearly took her life when she gave birth to our daughter. It took all of that bravery to come out of the coma, get off of life support, and learn to walk and talk again. It took all of that bravery to withstand the multiple amputations to her hands and the forty surgeries that followed. And it took all of that bravery for her to tell the Los Angeles Times what Bryan Callen did to her.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-07-31/bryan-callen-sexual-misconduct-allegations 

Like many people, I don’t believe credibly accused rapists should work in entertainment. They don’t belong on our television and movie sets, and they don’t belong in comedy clubs. It is in these environments that they are able to meet their victims. Allowing accused sexual abusers into these spaces sends the clear message to victims that they are not safe and they are not believed. I’ve expressed that view on social media, and I’ve shared it directly with those responsible for deciding who deserves the spotlight. 

As you might expect, Bryan didn’t like that. So he sued me.

In his lawsuit, Bryan blames me for his agent firing him and for comedy clubs canceling his shows. I’m to blame, he says, rather than his own actions. 

Unfortunately, I’ve also learned today that someone like Bryan can haul you into court even if their lawsuit has no merit. And that’s why I’m posting this message.

Defending a lawsuit is costly, even if you win. Threats of expensive litigation have allowed many abusers to silence their victims. 

I’m not going to let that happen to me, or my family. I’m going to fight back.

But I need your help. 

Katherine’s continuing medical needs are substantial, and we don’t have the resources to fight this legal battle on our own. I know that money is tight for everyone right now, so I don’t make this request lightly. If you are in a position to help, please do. If not, please spread the word.

Bryan has been attacking victims and shaming them since the day the LA Times article came out. He viciously said of Katherine finally finding the strength to come forward, “That’s not what rape victims do.” 

Well, what this husband of a rape victim will do is fight this lawsuit to ensure that victims everywhere feel that they can come forward safely, knowing that those who rally around them will be safe, too. 

Thank you,

Gabe

* Because this involves a lawsuit, I need to say a few “legal” things: 

It’s impossible to know how much litigation like this will cost. If things go well, it will cost less. If it’s a long and drawn-out fight, it will cost more. But neither I nor Katherine will keep any of the money for ourselves. We’ll either use the money to defend this case or give it to a charity that supports victims.

By supporting this effort, you aren’t part of the litigation, and you won’t have a role in my defense. I’m going to leave that to my lawyers. This means you don’t get a say in how the case goes, even if you contribute, and I can’t tell you confidential legal strategy.

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Gabriel Tigerman 
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North Hollywood, CA
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