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 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.