Sunday, September 13, 2015
When Defamation Becomes Stalking
The day after the conference I was having lunch with my client. During our time together, he asked me if a certain person's name meant anything to me. I nearly dropped my fork in my salad. The name he mentioned was the same name of a man who had been stalking me for the past few years. I told my client about this man and the defamation and libel he had been using to bring damage to my career with.
It all started many years earlier when this individual had his contract terminated with a national
His tactic is to send a letter to a client or business partner of mine in hopes of convincing them to end their relationship with me. He even began sending them to prospective clients that I had not yet even contacted for business. His multi-page letter was filled with libel and wrapped up with an offer to hire him instead of me. My newest client sitting across from me at lunch that day in Holland, revealed his company had received just such a letter from this man.
I thanked my new client for the copy of the letter and for not allowing the content of that letter to change their minds on bringing me to their country. My client told me there were two reasons why this damaging letter did not change his mind: because all of my content across the Web was testimony to my talent and abilities, and because he too has a stalker lurking in the darkness, waiting to defame and cause him professional damage or harm.
We are reminded that the business world is no different than society, and may contain unbalanced individuals. The killing of two young news crew members gunned down in Roanoke, VA by a former coworker; an unbalanced man who wallowed in his termination over 2 years earlier, is a reminder of this fact. It can happen to anyone in any line of business.
As far as my stalker goes, I will collect evidence from as many of my past clients as I can who are willing to provide his letter or at least a statement that he contacted them. I will provide this documentation to my attorney and wait to see what actions, if any, I can take. My hope is he will find another obsession to focus on and disappear from my life.