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Rape and sexual harassment case against bitcoin developer blows up

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Fri, 19 Jul 2019, 10:31 am UTC

In a rather explosive development, core bitcoin figure Peter Todd is now looking at a court filing that alleges that he was a perpetrator of sexual aggression and even rape, CoinDesk reported.

This follows Todd's own filing of a defamation lawsuit in April against the accusers who made damaging statements against him on social media. Instead of backing down, the accusers are now coming forward with their own documents to have the lawsuit dismissed.

The accusers, in this case, are Isis Agora Lovecruft, a transgender crypto specialist and Zooko Wilcox, a co-founder of zcash. In Lovecruft’s statement, the encounter with Todd allegedly involved some nasty language and a violent reaction to getting rejected.

“In 2014, Mr. Todd began making explicit, verbal sexual advances toward me during conferences and meetings, such as at the Tor Developer Meeting in Paris, France in early July 2014, sometimes in front of colleagues and peers—though he typically did so quietly in order not to be heard by others present,” the statement reads. “I found his behavior flagrantly inappropriate and demeaning, and I expressly and repeatedly informed him that his advances were unwelcome.”

In the case of Wilcox, the court filing is actually with regards to an experience that a female colleague had in relation to Todd. It would appear that said female colleague, who is referred to in the documents as “Jane Doe”, was pressured into entering an intimate relationship with the crypto developer.

“On or about February 10, 2018, I learned from another female friend of mine, whom I will refer to here as “Jane Doe,” that Mr. Todd had pressured her into sex while she was in a mentally compromised state due to a medical condition,” the statement reads.

This “Jane Doe,” actually had an interview with CoinDesk to talk about the case. She said that as a result of the sexual advances by Todd, she had stopped participating in bitcoin projects altogether.

The incident is first-of-its-kind in the crypto sphere and could have some serious repercussions and drive efforts to ensure safer working environments. Back in 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral on social media and exposed the rampant prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

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