Early blockchain developer and self-professed Bitcoin creator Craig Wright has unleashed a series of defamation suits against notable blockchain and cryptocurrency thought leaders, including a new libel suit against Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver.
Wright’s latest defamation suit spree follows a 2019 effort in which the self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin filed an unsuccessful defamation suit against Ver in May 2019. The latest defamation suit, filed on August 25, has been filed with the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda.
Official defamation claim documents published by Coingeek indicate that Wright is pursuing legal action against Ver based on allegations made by Ver that Wright is not Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. The filing specifically refers to a 2019 video published by Ver, which included specific statements that Wright is not the true creator of the Bitcoin network:
“Craig Wright is a liar and a fraud. So sue me. Again.”
The filing also includes several other publications and references made by Ver directed at Wright, including “Faketosh, claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto when you are not. Craig Wright is a cockwombling bunglec*nt Faketoshi”
Defamation Suit Filed in Antigua and Barbuda
Wright’s defamation claim is focused on obtaining an injunction that will prevent Ver from publishing or publicly stating similarly defamatory allegations via various social media platforms in addition to aggravated damages and costs.
Previous defamation suits served to Ver by Wright have been filed in the High Court of England and Wales, which focused on YouTube videos posted by Wright in May 2019. The High Court of England dismissed the claim in July 2019, stating that the suit does not fall in the jurisdiction of the UK.
Wright’s new suit is filed in Antigua and Barbuda — both Wright and Ver are citizens of the West Indies sovereign state, potentially providing Wright with an advantage in pursuing his defamation claim.
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