CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit

An update to the Chairman's Response to The Escapist on the Roberts Space Industries website has the latest on Cloud Imperium Games' reaction to the recent Escapist article alleging troubles at the developer of Star Citizen, the upcoming crowd-funded space game. The post has been modified to demand a retraction of the assertions in the article, threatening legal action if this doesn't happen by the end of today. They say the site has "violated the most basic rules and ethics in journalism by failing to properly vet [their] sources and providing the affected party with an opportunity to refute these ridiculous, highly slanderous, and easily disproven allegations," and also state this was not a legitimate piece of journalism, but rather a conspiracy between the author and "third parties" (who go unnamed, though we have a guess). They reproduce a lengthy letter they sent to the Escapist, and here is how this concludes:
If we have not received within a reasonable time your written confirmation (email being sufficient) that you agree to cooperate and comply with the above demands we will firstly publish this letter to our website. Based on the generous standards set by you, we believe that 24 hours should be sufficient to hear from you. Furthermore, if we have not received the aforementioned confirmation from you or your magazine and/or parent company by EOD Monday, we will turn this matter over to our litigators to prepare legal action in the US and the UK against the individuals and entities involved as listed herein.
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Cutter wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 11:35:
The Escapist is merely relaying facts as they understand them submitted by ex-CIG employees. I don't see anywhere in the original article where they're making any kind of claim whatsoever.
A fact is something that is 'known or proved to be true'. What they posted was accusations presented without any supporting evidence. Do you really not know what a fact is?

Cutter wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 11:35:
There's nothing libelous in anything like that. Nowhere does the Escapist make any claim or assetion that these are facts. In fact they allow Roberts to answer in order to provide balance.
Publishing an article claiming that Sandi Gardiner is racist without anything to substantiate that claim or any attempt to seek comment is defamation. Defamation is defined as the 'false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel'. Media organisations can't simply go around posting anything that someone tells them, especially if they can't even verify the identity of those making the claim.

Cutter wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 11:35:
This is a SLAPP suit, plain and simple. CIG doesn't have a legal leg to stand on. I hope The Escapist tells them, in the words of Withnail, to shove it up their ass and fuckoff for nothing while doing it. If CIG wants to sue they'll just end up losing a pile of money here.
Do you really think that The Escapist wants to stand behind the article, which has no journalistic integrity and is only hurting its reputation, to spend potentially large amounts of money defending it when they could simply remove it? It's not like they can't post another article that is properly researched and stands up to scrutiny. They would be better apologising for the article and cutting all ties with the author rather than letting this drag on and destroying the reputation of the site.

Cutter wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 11:35:
Personally I have little doubt about the claims about his wife. This is so common the only true wonder is how it's permitted to go on. I've worked for myself most of my life simply because I can't deal with the bullshit of working for other people. I've gone on interviews and worked for people who were just as bad, if not worse, than the claims made about her.
So she's racist and refuses to employ black people... yet she goes ahead and employs black people anyway?! The claim is demonstrably absurd, which calls into question the other allegations. There are so many inconsistencies with the article that no-one can have any faith in any of the claims made yet apparently you somehow do. That's called confirmation bias - you want it to be true so you make it so, evidence be damned.

Could the allegations be true? Absolutely. Do we have any reliable evidence to support them? No. Don't forget you messaged me the other day telling me that you're a child molester and sent photos to prove it - I'm not willing to share that evidence or reveal how I knew it was you but there's no smoke without fire, right?
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
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