Richard Jewell, the ex-CEO of social gaming company Giant Bomb, has filed a lawsuit against Gamergate over an alleged defamation lawsuit.
The suit was filed on Thursday, September 19th and claims that Giant Bomb violated its copyright by promoting a series of videos criticizing him for his role in the Gamergate controversy.
The lawsuit alleges that the series of clips consisted of anti-Semitic jokes and videos which were directed at a Jewish person, and that he received threats for being Jewish.
“These videos were directed against me, not just by me, but by numerous individuals and groups across the world who had no interest in my views on video games,” wrote Jewell in the lawsuit.
“I have been subjected to death threats, rape threats, and other violence, all because I am Jewish.
This harassment has been ongoing for years.”
The suit says that after a long investigation, Giant Bomb’s owner and director of business development, Chris Ellis, and three employees were arrested and charged with the alleged crime.
Ellis has denied the charges, and said that he and the employees “had nothing to do with” the harassment, according to a report by The Washington Post.
In addition to the threats against Jewell and the company, Ellis’ defense claims that the lawsuit was filed by a “fan of Giant Bomb” who wanted to sue Ellis for copyright infringement, as well as the claims that Ellis had used his platform to promote his own video series on Giant Bomb.
“The harassment that Giant-Bomb faced and continues to face in the months since Giant Bomb shut down is simply unacceptable and completely unbecoming of a leader in the video game industry,” Ellis said in a statement.
“In response to this baseless and malicious lawsuit, we are releasing an unprecedented motion to dismiss the complaint.”
Giant Bomb has denied that any of the threats were directed toward Jewell.
“We have not received any threats against Giant-Bombs employees.
We have never made any false or defamatory claims about any of our employees,” the company said in an email to Polygon.
“We also have not seen any evidence that our employees have been subject to any type of illegal activity.
As such, the motion to quash is baseless and without merit.”
The company did say that it was working with its legal team to review the lawsuit, and Ellis was expected to respond within a week.