The 'Ryan Kopf is Suing Me' Fund!
$2,910 of $3,000 goal
So we do a lot of stuff at Nerd & Tie. We’re starting a new convention , produce a podcast , just launched a new show , run panels at conventions, maintain a geek news blog , and provide in-depth coverage about conventions . That last one is a particular point of pride for us, as we do our best to dig for stories most other convention news blogs avoid or don’t take time to investigate. Most of that coverage starts with reader tips sent to us via our contact form or email address.
AnimeCon.org/Chrono LC CEO Ryan Kopf has apparently taken issue with our coverage of some of his events though, and last week I was served a petition at my home. Ryan Kopf is suing me for defamation in the state of Iowa.
The case (CVCV295431) is specifically about the following two articles:
Ryan Kopf's Anime California Harasses, Threatens Maid Cafe Operators After They Refuse To Sign Over Ownership
AnimeCon.org CEO Ryan Kopf Allegedly Attacks Vendor During MetaCon 2015
Now, I don’t want to discuss details, but I still stand by what I wrote - as do Nick and Pher (who co-created Nerd & Tie with me). I have secured legal counsel, and intend to fight.
But this isn’t going to be cheap for me.
Because of this, I’m launching this GoFundMe campaign to try and cover my legal costs. If you can contribute, please do - as we aren’t exactly a big operation here at Nerd & Tie, and can only continue with the help of people like you.
Right now I’m asking for $3,000 which will cover my initial legal costs (mostly just paying my lawyer - as a hefty retainer was required). I will probably end up needing more, but this is where we’re starting. On the off chance we get lucky and this gets resolved quickly (and I end up needing less), any remaining funds donated through this campaign will go to the Nerd & Tie Expo funds.
So please - contribute if you can, spread this around, and (frankly) wish us luck.
Small Update: People have asked for a copy of the petition, so here it is:
Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3 / Page 4 / Page 5 / Page 6
The case is still active against Pher Sturz (he'll need to file his own motion to dismiss), so things aren't completely over -- but progress has been made!
Thank you all for helping me cover my legal costs. I want you to know how much I appreciate it. It heartens me to know that this community will rally around people when they see a wrong has been done.
I attended the first Metacon by Ryan Kopf at the double tree, and it was by far the worst convention I've ever experienced. The dance/rave was forced to turn it's music down around 10-11pm and completely shutdown around midnight because guests were trying to sleep. Karaoke and room parties were shut down for the same reason before midnight on a friday night. I also experienced the most outrageous customer service experience from one of Ryan Kopf's employees over a conversation on facebook where I was wrongfully accused of encouraging ghosting of his cons. The employee "Erica Bleed" banned me and threaten to have the police arrest me if I set foot on hotel property. Then she awkwardly backpedaled when she realized her mistake but never apologized to me or formally unbanned me. I hope you kick his ass in court.
Thanks for uploading the petition you were served. Now that I've read the complaint and all the other related material I know where to stand.
Good luck, Trae. I hope that this ridiculous suit is laughed out of court.
I know this douchebag personally! I was staff at one of the conventions he ran. He’s a super douchey piece of trash who has cheated on his fiancee more times than I can count, was suspected by authorities of statutory rape (though he was apparently found not-guilty, last I heard), and treats the guests and attendees at his conventions like absolute horseshit. PLEASE take the Kopf menace down! He needs to be put in his place.
I wish I had money to donate. But in reading the documents you provided, I found it interesting that on pages three and four there are grammar and spelling errors (specifically tumblr and the use of the word removed when it should be remove). This guy is trying to be a bully and use scare tactics. Fight the good fight sir! I wish you the best.
Holy hell, he's acting like a child. Always did, really.
So mad. Ryan just needs to retire the scene and hand it over to the respectable members under him that actually deserve leadership.
The Sith Empire sends it's regards. Expect a donation from me soon.