Vic Kicks Back
Vic Mignogna spent the past two decades building a career as a voice actor. He worked with great people, made great friends, and represented great companies.
Over the past month, all of that work and goodwill was maliciously and brutally destroyed by a dedicated group hell-bent on dragging his name and reputation into oblivion. This capped off with hurtful allegations from people Vic has worked with, and considered friends, for many years.
Now Vic has been removed from Rooster Teeth and Funimation, and disinvited from several conventions, disconnecting him from his income and from his fans and supporters.
Vic has tried to mitigate the situation with public statements, and the attacks on him and his character persist. Anyone who knows Vic knows he would never ask for this, and does not want this course of action. When your opponents leave you no choice, you eventually have to kick back.
This Fund is set up for Vic's legal defense fees. There are MANY possible defendants in different jurisdictions, from boring bloggers to multi-million, even multi-billion dollar corporations. It takes an agile and experienced (read: not cheap) legal team to coordinate this kind of strategy.
I AM NOT REPRESENTING VIC IN A LEGAL CAPACITY, but I am aware of the team who is and will coordinate this fund to pay for Vic's legal fees. Litigation costs are highly dependent on the actions of your opponents, so I'm hoping to raise enough to account for that. We will announce the disposition of any extra funds candidly and provide updates on the usage of funds to the extent that such information can be made public.
You know Vic, whether you've supported Vic for years, or just recently found out about his situation, you know he'd never ask for this. That's why I am doing this and he is not involved. He is thankful for prayers and support but, in my professional capacity as an attorney, I know this comes at significant financial cost.
BUT IT'S TIME TO FIGHT BACK. Brigades of pseudo-anonymous keyboard warriors cannot be allowed to defame and destroy decades of goodwill on rumor and unverifiable allegation. Companies cannot rely on non-credible accusations and devastate a career for virtue points.
Help Support Vic. Help Vic Kick Back.
We have hit the goal for a second time at $200,000. I'll be increasing the goal again in the next few days, but I want it to sit as a message to everyone for at least 24 hours.
The fans support Vic.
The fans, at the end of the day, are the lifeblood of the industry; they are the economic engine that permits the existence of your positions.
The lawsuit itself is still moving along. Currently, all defendants have responded, depositions have occurred for Vic and two of the defendants, and one defendant has filed a TCPA (Anti-SLAPP) motion.
This motion puts the case on a sort-of hold for about 60 days. It's possible that it will move faster, and a hearing is currently scheduled for August 8th.
This TCPA motion is the first major hurdle to the suit, and the results will be indicative to all parties about the eventual outcome.
Thank you for your support. Thank you for sharing this campaign.
Again, I will increase the goal in a day or so. For now, I prefer to remind people where the true support stands.
Thank you all so much for your contributions, your stories, and your sharing this campaign!
By now you probably know, a lawsuit has been filed in Terrant County, Texas alleging defamation, tortious interference with business relations, tortious interference with contract, and civil conspiracy against four defendants: Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Ron Toye, and FUNimation. Some of these parties have been served, the others will be served as soon as possible.
This means that we're entering a phase in the lawsuit where news will come in bursts and lulls. When filings happen, there will be a buzz about them, and then there will be a delay as the court allows time for the other parties to respond.
Currently, the first responses are due mid-May.
In the meanwhile there are other task and goals that will be pursued.
Thanks again for your support.
I picked the $100,000 goal as both a statement of support and a target I felt was attainable. The reality of the situation is that the legal fees could well exceed $100,000.
We have seen the effects of the fund in giving Vic the tools, through Beard Harris Bullock and Hughes, to be brought back to Kameha Con. There are many more tasks ahead.
Today, I have increased the goal to $200,000. As the obstacles remain entrenched, we can better assess the scope of the costs.
Please consider supporting this fund further, but only if you are able. Please do not put yourself in any financial peril on Vic's behalf. He did not ask for any of this and people causing themselves economic harm would disturb him.
If you cannot support the fund financially, please consider sharing the fund again, or for the first time! Every share helps keep us trending, and helps other people see what we're trying to do. Thank you!
We have linked up the GoFundMe account to the Law Firm's IOLTA account. An IOLTA is a trust required by Texas law (and laws of several other states) and the acronym stands for: Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA).
These accounts are designed to hold money temporarily on behalf of clients and are accounted for separately from the law firm's funds. Any interest earned by these accounts actually gets forwarded to the state to fund legal aid programs.
The beneficiary shift indicates the Senior Partner of the law firm, Ty Beard, who is the named party on the IOLTA trust account. The firm is Beard Harris Bullock Hughes.
With this transition, the money will be moved into the IOLTA account, and billing will be done against this amount. Again, any remainder will be donated to the Salvation Army shelter stated in a previous update.
Please understand that the GoFundMe will remain open and you can continue your support. We still do not know the full scope of the process, which largely depends on the actions of any opposing parties.
Thank you all for your continued support of Vic, and I look forward to updating you as more information becomes public.