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Here’s the TL;DR bullet points:
- Jennifer Azadnia opens “Buti yoga” studio (called Hope Yoga) across the street from existing yoga studio with certified instructors
- Many Hope Yoga clients complain about lack of professionalism, ratchet language, and allege that she is using uncertified teachers in her classes
- Video is sent to us of Jennifer barging into yoga studio across the street, telling the receptionist to wash her hair
- Tons of bad Yelp reviews are left along with negative comments on Hope Yoga Facebook page (see at the bottom)
- Jennifer Abruptly announces that Hope Yoga is no longer offering Buti Yoga due to death threats and racism, but many commenters suggest it is because of fear of litigation
- Lots of people contact us about this story and Western Mass Turtlegirl, who I don’t know personally, does a blog on it
- Months later another blog is written about her after she is alleged to have not honored coupons that she gave out for free yoga classes because people are abusing them by using them
- Jennifer appears as a 4 seed in ratchet madness and turtle riders vote her into the Sweet 16 before she loses to Alli Bibaud
- I get served with a libel lawsuit by her lawyer, and I’m told the yoga studio across the street did as well
- The lawsuit doesn’t seem to be going anywhere when suddenly she gets a new lawyer named George Leontire, most famous for being Aaron Hernandez’ gay lawyer who first confirmed Hernandez was also gay, and who helped him beat a double murder charge
- I am deposed and spend the day in Boston with Jennifer, George, another guy, and Attorney Margaret Melican
- During the deposition George Leontire acts in a threatening, intimidating, and unprofessional manner, often banging on the table and once threatening to get a judge before backing down
- George Leontire admits that he has the transcript from the Gaffney deposition of me, and it’s clear that Gaffney is helping him and warned George that Margaret is a problem
- George has 8-10 Turtleboy Live shows cued up, a copy of my book I Am Turtleboy (which is highlighted and color coded), and stacks of printed out blogs
- George spends 6 hours trying to catch me up in contradictions and fails miserably
- George yells at Margaret for looking at me and trying to give me legal advice multiple times
- Jennifer is dressed exactly as she is in the pictures – ghettofabulous with expensive clothing, jewelry, and hooker shoes, along with a Gucci cell phone case that I see because she spends much of the 6 hours on her phone
- George demands to know the identity of Western Mass Turtlegirl, insists that he knows who she is, has a bunch of papers on her, accuses a woman named Cassie (or Cassandra) of being WMTG, shows me a picture of who he believes is her
- George deposes a turtle rider named Danielle Ladetto, likely because she commented on the blog and he assumes she works for us, but later cancels once he figures out she has nothing to offer
- George asks if I left Shepherd Hill due to allegations made against me by a student
- George shows clear lack of understanding of how the Internet works over and over again, asking me if we have a website on Facebook, asking me what an avatar is, misinterpreting what hosting means, not understanding what WordPress is, etc
- George asks who my secretary is (I don’t have one) and asks if her name is Elizabeth Babineau, once again showing that he has limited understanding how Facebook works and believes everyone uses real names
- George suggests that WMTG committed libel for among other things, 1) using the word “barging” in when referencing the video of her barging in, 2) using the phrase “she’s basically a prostitute” because in WMTG’s opinion someone who has sex with a rich elderly man and displays wealth in the ways she does is hardly different from a prostitute, 3) saying that she was running an “illegal” yoga class on a Live show (in reference to the alleged lack of certification of her instructors)
- I admit to reading over WMTG’s blogs and refusing to take them down because I didn’t see anything libelous, because everything she wrote was either opinions, or screenshots of legitimate complaints made by customers
- George asks me to define what “ratchet” means and we spend 10-15 minutes on that. I make my well documented case that she is indeed a ratchet.
- George asks me to define “geriatric yogurt slinger” and “yogapoon”
- George asks me if it’s “appropriate” to write “Facts are mean” in my book, and suggest that I don’t care about people’s feelings. Appropriate has nothing to do with it and all of the speech in the blogs is protected by the First Amendment, something he should be familiar with since he’s an attorney
- George asks how I know that her elderly husband (who is worth millions of dollars, has been charged with tax evasion, and once went to jail for over serving a kid at his bar who was killed while walking home (and then tried to sue the kid’s friends)), pays for all of her material things. I tell him that WMTG was expressing her opinion that he paid for all of this and that I did not remove the blog because most reasonable people would have the same opinion
- George asks if I’ve ever bought anything for my wife, insinuating that under these standards she is also a prostitute, even though I am not a millionaire and my wife doesn’t cover herself in expensive jewelry. I inform her that I once bought her $12 pants that I found on sale at Marshall’s
- George is clearly spending dozens, if not hundreds of billable hours on this case, which he has to know is likely to lose. In my opinion he is just running the bill up on this overly litigious nutjob, and acting like a hardo at the deposition to make her think she’s getting her money’s worth
- George demands access to my gmail account, my Facebook accounts, names and emails of all Turtleboy bloggers, access to my hard drive, and access to my iPhone. He orders me not to delete anything on my phone or my hard drive because a computer forensics expert of his will be analyzing it all.
- I tell George he’s not getting any of those things from me because that’s not how freedom works. He tells me he will get those things because he got them in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial. I laugh to myself because he thinks a murder trial and a frivolous libel lawsuit are the same thing.
- Jennifer has provided no proof that she lost business as a result of our blog, because clearly she’d been getting negative reviews long before this and appears to have been running a pretty shitty yoga factory
- George insists that she is not a public figure, which I disagree with. She owns and operates a well known business in town and became a quasi-public figure with her behavior on IG, her bragging about being sponsored by Gucci, and her business Facebook page which has tons of interaction and much public outrage on it
- George tells us on the way out that we’re going to see a lot of each other in the future, including in court, in a clear attempt to intimidate us. I’m not scared of you George.
Basically the long and short of it is that we spent most of the time going in circles because in my opinion everything WMTG wrote was her opinion. She has a right to these opinions. George thinks that opinions can be lies (“she’s basically a prostitute” quote), and said that all opinions have to be prefaced by “in my opinion.” But that’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works. I’m sure George is reading this, so we’d like to hear your OPINION on this matter.
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