Universal Medicine leader, Serge Benhayon, is suing me for defamation, claiming I’ve damaged his reputation because I’ve stuck up for kids and other vulnerable people. I don’t have the funds to defend it. It’s the latest example of multimillion-dollar UniMed attempting to intimidate critics and cleanse the internet of inconvenient facts. If you believe it’s important to stand up to wealthy, self-deified bullies please contribute to my defence. This is our chance to put Serge Benhayon on trial.
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Speaking up about inappropriate behaviour
November 2015, Benhayon filed his claim in NSW Supreme Court Sydney for ‘aggravated damages’ for a blog post I wrote November 2014, three comments I made on that blog and one tweet. In those publications I made statements regarding practices of hands on healing as well as his behaviours with women and children. I questioned why so many juvenile girls are sent to stay unaccompanied in his home.
Benhayon’s legal team consists of his in house solicitors, Universal Law of Mullumbimby, with a respected Sydney Senior Counsel (SC). Last year Benhayon applied to have my contextual truth defence struck out. After an argument at hearing in May, his application was refused.
September 2016 Benhayon escalated the claim, tripling its size. Mr Tom Molomby SC joined my legal team and we filed a full, 95 page defence in at the end of November.
Proceedings are afoot. As of March 2017 we commenced process of discovery and interrogatories. (Paperwork)
On 23 December 2016, two close associates of Benhayon filed a similar defamation claim against me in Queensland District Court, Brisbane. Caroline Raphael is a psychologist who works with Benhayon at Universal Medicine’s Goonellabah headquarters. Ray Karam is a small business owner who describes Benhayon as a ‘brother’ and ‘best friend’. Karam ran for a seat on Ballina Shire Council and for Mayor of Ballina last year.
Ray and Caroline are suing me for an email read by Karam’s friend, David Wright, Mayor of Ballina, and six tweets. They are represented by Universal Law solicitors and UM’s in house barrister and College of UM charity director Charles Wilson.
I filed a 157 page full defence on 24 March. I have no funds to pay solicitors, so have had to deal with the litigious love bombing of Universal Law myself. 100+ pages of legal letters in six weeks while I’m under NSW court orders for the most labour intensive leg of the Benhayon proceedings.
In affidavits tendered at the May hearing (the one where they gave two days notice for counsel to materialize and I was forced to represent myself) Team UM labelled me a ‘troll’. The lines were struck out.
I’m determined to get my defences a fair hearing, and so is Mr Molomby SC and associates. We want these defences to go to trial so that UM’s conduct finally gets the scrutiny it deserves.
I’m no longer paying legal fees but I’m working full time on my defence with no income.
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Topical concerns – Benhayon’s inappropriate behaviour with children