NOTE: ALL links to web pages, and comments about the content on those pages, were accurate at the time this post (and updates) were originally written. In this post, information about said content was accurate at least through February 2015, but it appears that subject may have subsequently taken steps to redesign/"clean up" some of his sites.
Not-doctor Leonard Coldwell has outdone himself, stupid-wise, with his new, lie-filled bio web site. That's the first thing you need to know.
The second thing is that this is one of those long-ish posts, and if you have grown bored with reading about Coldwell and wish I would write about someone else, feel free to skip this post altogether. You won't hurt my feelings. However, if you've wandered over here because you want more information about accusations on that loony new web site, you've come to the right place. Just be glad I am merciful enough to write this post in two parts. As is always the case with my long posts, if you're reading this on your computer and your eyes get tired easily, feel free to print this out and highlight the links you want to follow later.
UPDATE 2 August 2014: Due to numerous complaints to the Web host about the defamatory lies Coldwell told about his critics on the "Defamation" page of his new site, that page was ultimately removed. Even so, I am leaving this blog post up because I believe that it is important to track and document the lies Coldwell has been telling.
Gosh, June is almost over -- it's already gone, on some parts of the globe -- and I've been neglecting my Whirled again. Sorry about that. Let me tell you, though: there's nothing that can shake a Whirled blogger out of her summer snooze like a big burning (or Bernd-ing) pile of stupidity. Imprisoned serial scammer Kevin Trudeau's ex-b.f.f. Not-Doctor Leonard "Loony" Coldwell, the former Bernd Klein of the Republic of Germany and in recent years a fairly frequent unwilling guest on this Whirled, has surely outdone himself in the stupidity department.
In a laughably transparent attempt to shore up his reputation (a rep totally built on falsehoods anyway, since he's pretty much a nobody in his native land and his entire U.S. platform was created by mega-liar Trudeau in the first place), he has just damaged said rep even further, while committing some of the most blatant acts of defamation against some of his critics that I've ever seen. Earlier this month he rolled out a comically defensive and hilariously garbled -- yet seriously defamatory -- web site to counter the growing body of criticism and questions about his credentials and his credibility.
Though I just found out about the site a few days ago, he actually announced it on June 20, 2014. I took these screen shots from Bernie O'Mahony's GINtruth.com post about Loony's new site, because they were already pre-redacted (pre-dacted?). I'm lazy that way.
Coldwell obviously intended for the new site to vindicate and validate him, while increasing his martyr/hero creds by playing on that whole lunatic "conspiracy to destroy" theme. And indeed, a few Coldwell loyalists and obviously clueless knee-jerk responders jumped on the martyr thing by immediately sharing his announcement post on Facebook. Oh, woe is us, the medical establishment is out to destroy all good natural-cures "doctors!"
But in the sane world, which I like to think still includes the majority of thinking human beings, all Coldwell has really done is vindicate his critics by shining a harsher light on his own inanities and outright lies. And he has gone beyond the pale in committing the very types of lies and defamation of which he has long accused critics. I will have more on that in a moment.
As noted above, I didn't find out about the new site until a few days ago, when some friends of friends of friends stumbled across Coldwell's June 20 Facebook announcement of the launch. There's sometimes a bit of an info gap because Coldwell has me -- and most of my Facebook buds -- so thoroughly blocked that it's hard to see anything he writes. Evidently he keeps the vast majority of his Facebook posts pretty private, even on his "public" page. It's hard to be a "public figure" when you hide in such a cowardly manner from the public. But it appears that his aim is to set things up so he can talk about his critics behind their backs on Facebook like a junior high girl, and the critics won't be able to join in the conversation or even defend themselves. That's his typical sniveling way of handling things.
Of course, I talk about people here too, often snarkily and, some have said, mean-girlishly. But my posts are public and the subjects are all welcome to join in the conversation. Few ever do.
So let's take a leisurely look at Loony's new site, which is public. Please note that everything I am writing about and sharing screen shots about is current as of the time I am publishing this post: Monday, 30 June, 2014, at 4:14 PM CDT. This being the web, where things are subject to change, and Loony's site being filled with actionable lies, it is possible that some of the content may not be there for long. But for now, it's up there and it has been duly recorded. [See 3 July 2014 update above. ~CC]
Fighting imaginary defamation with real (and disgusting) defamation
My pal Bernie at GINtruth was on this one first -- here's that link again -- and I don't blame him because he was the target of some of the most egregious defamation on the new site. On Coldwell's DEFAMATION page -- aptly named, as it happens, though not for the reason Coldwell intended -- he posted a picture of a very beaten-up Bernie, accompanied by an outrageous lie. (Can't Lenny even feel the noose tightening around his fat little neck?)
That picture of Bernie was actually taken during the New Year 2013, after Bernie was beat up by a group of young Japanese thugs. Being New Year's Eve/Day, alcohol may have been involved, but the egregious crime of which Coldwell accused Bernie emphatically was not. Bernie explains the true story on his blog post and links to his original Facebook post. (If you are on Facebook you should be able to get to that link; if not, suffice to say that LEONARD COLDWELL WAS LYING. Again.)
In addition, as Bernie noted on his blog post, he isn't "hiding" in Japan; he has lived there for 15 years. He isn't being paid for his blog, and as far as I know he has no criminal record. His main "crime" seems to be trying to get to the truth about Loony.
By the way, if you follow that link you will notice that the "Leonard Coldwell Defamation" page is supposedly written by "Nicolas Coldwell," who claims to be Loony's brother. Actually Coldwell's 12-years-younger half-brother does sometimes go by the name "Nicholas Coldwell" (with an "h"), but his real and legal name is Jens Wilhelm Anskohl. I wrote about him here. At any rate the "Defamation" screed was very obviously written by Lenny himself.
Anyway, I guess you can't blame Lenny for being a little sore at Bernie, who in addition to GINtruth.com has several other blogs and sites related to some of his areas of interest. But GINtruth is the blog that gets Loony's little pink panties in a bunch. (Note: I don't actually know if his panties are pink, but he does like to wear pink so I am just assuming that his panties match his shirts and socks.)
For the next few paragraphs I'm going to be going over a backstory that you may already know. Be patient; I'll get back to newer stuff very soon.
Bernie started GINtruth in spring of 2012 when the Kevin Trudeau/Global Information Network (GIN) sh-t started hitting the fan big time. He wrote in detail about Trudeau's lies and broken promises as they became more apparent, and he wrote about some of the other speakers and principals in GIN. He shared stories and opinions from ex-members and members who felt they had been taken by Trudeau's extravagant promises and lies. Bernie's blog has been a great resource for those with questions about GIN, since Bernie himself was a GIN member and is still in contact with many current and ex members and insiders.
And for a while, thanks to that "common enemy" factor, he was in alliance, more or less, with the most vociferous anti-GIN voices, including one Abe Husein, self-proclaimed GIN Destroyer and media star, and even Leonard Coldwell. They were all bros back then. Abe even made sure that Emmy Award winning journalist Ryan Kath mentioned GINtruth.com on his first story about KT/GIN (the mention is on the last page of the article).
But then as more information came out about Coldwell throughout the summer of 2012, and particularly as Bernie got wind of the infamous 2007 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police report (and no, I did not send it to him; apparently someone else did), he began writing critically about Coldwell on GINtruth. By December of 2012 it had dawned on Coldwell that Bernie was not going to back down on calling out Coldwell on his lies, lack of credibility, and general ickiness. So Coldwell began threatening Bernie. This is from a private message exchange between Bernie and Coldwell, circa December 13, 2012.
(Here's a brief May 2013 blog post, with picture, about some of that cash that Lenny showed Peter.)
And this is from a public post, also from December 2012, when Lenny was trying to get Bernie to "pick a side":
And here are two of the follow-ups (same date):
Okay, that's enough of that. You get the idea. (And if you're new-ish here and are puzzled by the talk about prostitutes and so forth, keep reading.)
The point is that by December of 2012 Bernie had clearly drawn his line in the sand, separating himself from Coldwell and not long after that from Abe Husein, who continued to vigorously support, defend, and even promote Coldwell. As indicated in one of the shots above, Abe was and presumably still is in business with Coldwell, selling his overpriced BePure "cleanse."
So that's the origin of Coldwell's beef with Bernie. It also explains why Abe has also made a point of trying to discredit Bernie to various producers and reporters, who nonetheless seem to have no qualms about reading GINtruth. (Or about reading my blog either, for that matter. Or Salty Droid's.) While all of this background may seem trivial, and probably is in the larger Scamworld picture, I recounted it here because I think it is vital for people who care enough about this matter to research to see why Coldwell has gone after Bernie so viciously. Very simply, it is because people read Bernie's blog, and I think that scares Lenny big time.
But on his new site, Coldwell didn't stop at lying about Bernie. He posted a picture of one of his former ghostwriters (and yes, he uses ghostwriters for his English language books because his written English is so comically bad). He wrote:
Here is a women [sic] that Never ever even meet Dr Leonard Coldwell in person, but filed a false police report that she is sure, if he ever would meet her, he would want to rape her.Coldwell seems to be implying that she was having rape fantasies about him, but with his garbled writing it is difficult to tell. In truth, this person wrote an email to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department back in July of 2012, and that email became part of Coldwell's permanent file, added to that 2007 police report I mentioned above. But the email itself was not a police report. And the ghostwriter did not say she thought Coldwell wanted to rape her. Here is the context of the rape mention in the email:
Dr. Coldwell is a dangerous person, very narcissistic and mean-spirited... Dr. Coldwell's former [employee] warned me, "It's a good thing that you never met him face-to-face -- he would have tried to rape you!" [Former employee] told me stories about getting his college friends jobs at [a company run by Dr. Coldwell's former partner]. These were friends straight out of college, with no work experience. It was tough for them to find jobs... so they'd start working for Dr. Coldwell. Eventually, they would all quit, one after another... and when [the former employee] followed up with them, each story was the same...You get the drift. I may have provided more context than necessary, but maybe not. And by the way, although I redacted names, all of the ellipses, with the exception of the ones I inserted at the end of the passage, were in the original email, so I wasn't leaving anything out.
I think it is pretty clear that the ghostwriter's email was not a formal complaint or "false report" filed with the police. It was an opinion based upon her own experiences working with Coldwell, and with her impressions from conversations she'd had with others who had worked with him. The email simply became part of Coldwell's file at the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. For more information see here.
Incidentally, I have not and will not publish the police report, and I will not send it to you if you ask. I do not want to compromise the safety of the alleged victims or of anyone else whose names and contact information appear on the very poorly redacted report.
Lenny didn't stop at posting his accusation and a picture of his former ghostwriter. He also posted pictures of her minor children -- all without her permission. Bad, bad move, Loony.
And then there's Omri Shabat at the Glancingweb blog, who, though neither named nor pictured on the new site, was also slammed by Loony. Lenny, claiming that the cancer industry hired Omri to defame him, described Omri as a gay Jew, and he accused Omri of the same heinous crimes against children as he'd accused Bernie of committing. That accusation seems to be a new obsessive theme with Lenny. We can only speculate as to why.
What seems apparent is that Coldwell thinks that being Jewish or gay is on a par with sexual crimes against children. I have seen several posts that indicate Coldwell is both anti-Jewish and homophobic. He has been known to make crude homophobic jokes and remarks, even at his live events where presumably he is supposed to be playing the role of a leader, worthy of emulation. And Coldwell's hatred and suspicion of Jewish people has been reflected in some of his Facebook rants -- as well as in private correspondence to which I was made privy but am not yet at liberty to share. I'm sure that the Jewish screenwriter who had been hired to do the screenplay for the fictionalized Kevin Trudeau movie (currently titled The Platinum Bonus) -- and whom Lenny had boasted that he spoke with to give her his valuable input for the project -- was really impressed with some of the stupidly anti-Jewish things he wrote on Abe Husein's page on the Facebooks.
And then we have the artist formerly known as the Cosmic Slut. AKA Cosmic Connie. AKA your Whirled host. On his "Defamation" page on the new site, Lenny writes:
There also is a Woman out there that tried everything to have sex with Dr. Coldwell and because he refused, she started to post lies, libel, slander, and defamation against him. She posted hundreds of hours’ worth of posts on her own, created websites and web addresses under fake names to verify her own fake posts with other fake posts on fraudulent websites she herself created. If you see how many posts she made with the help of her buddies creating fake Facebook pages pretending she was Dr. Leonard Coldwell, and the hundreds of hours’ worth of hateful posts and absurd attacks, you can easily conclude on your own how obsessed she is with Dr. Leonard Coldwell. There could not even be another reason, besides jealousy and feeling rejected by Dr. C, since she does not even get any money or benefit out of the hundreds of hours’ worth posting hateful posts.
Though the little twerp was careful not to call me by name or to post my pic, it's pretty clear from context that he was talking about me. After all, there's a precedent, as I've noted here before. This is from November 6, 2013; Coldwell's remark, by the way, is completely out of context with the rest of the conversation:
Coldwell also recently told a reporter that I had hit on him. So I think we can all conclude that he's talking about moi on that new site. And I have just this to say to him:
Really, you pathetic little twerp?!?As for the rest of the lies in that paragraph... as I explained in my comment on Bernie's post, I have never made up any accounts or written any posts pretending to be Coldwell, and I write all of my posts about him either on Facebook under my real name, or on my blog, which also displays my real name. However, someone pointed out that he may be claiming I have been impersonating him so that if I decide to pursue any action against him because of some of those screen shots that bear his name and pic, he can say they were either a result of hackers or of my spoofing his account.
Coldwell, you and I have never met in person and I hope to Goddess we never do. So just how would I be "trying everything" to have sex with you? Where are the emails, snail mails, voice-mail messages, Facebook posts, private Facebook messages, or whatever I supposedly used to convey my undying lust for you? Surely you would have those, if they existed, and you would share them with the world if you did. They would be right there on your demented new web site. But they aren't, because they don't exist. Moreover, even if I were in the market for a new partner, which emphatically I am not, it would be someone of my own species. And actually, I strongly prefer Jewish guys. Sorry, Loony.
As I also noted on my comment to Bernie's post, Coldwell's lie that I sexually harassed him is a relatively new angle. Previously he claimed I was an ex-prostitute (with AIDS and other STDs) being paid by Big Pharma. He also said I am a "cancer tumor of society" and need to be "eliminated." This is from late October 2012:
If you are completely new to my Whirled and/or to this part of the Loony Coldwell saga, you might be saying, "But he still didn't mention you by name, Connie! And there is actually a Cosmic Slut on the Interwebz!" Why, yes there is, which I discovered as soon as Loony began rambling about the "cosmic slut" back in October of 2012. But clearly, from context, he was talking about yours truly, because I do use the moniker "Cosmic Connie" on this blog (though my real name appears right below that moniker on this blog, and I use my real name on Facebook). And I am the Cosmic one who has written about Lenny; to my knowledge, the group of creative artists/musicians using the name Cosmic Slut haven't even heard of the pervy little skeev who named me the "cosmic slut."
And he carried on the slut/prostitute/paid shill theme for well over a year (references were made to that in those December 2012 Facebook shots I shared above). At some point this year he dropped the "cosmic," and I was just "the slut." This is from early March 2014:
At some point prior to that, he had apparently decided I wasn't being paid to write posts about him, so he began formulating a narrative that the only reason I could possibly have for writing about him was sexual obsession. Uh-huh.
But given what he wrote about Bernie, Omri, and his former ghostwriter on the Leonard Coldwell Defamation page on his new site, I'd say I got off pretty easy. Of note, he really didn't specifically reference Salty Droid at all. Maybe he is still smarting from being humiliated when he tried to sue Salty (and Omri). More on that below, under "Timing & Context = Everything."
Even so, he told nothing but lies on the entire page: SOP for that SOB (no offense intended to mother dogs or their progeny). Here's another lie...
The imaginary Katie conspiracy
Kevin Trudeau, aka KT, aka Katie, gets a category of his own here. And it's well deserved, because it was Katie on whose scam-encrusted shoulders little Lenny stood for a few brief shining moments, and whose GIN scam gave Lenny a platform he never would have had in the U.S. (and for that matter, didn't really have anywhere in Europe, near as I can tell, despite his numerous boasts that he is the most well-loved motivator and healer of our time).
Here's what it says on the new site:
Other defamation was ordered and paid for by Kevin Trudeau who acted for decades like he was my brother’s best friend. The now 3-time convicted felon who is sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, Kevin Trudeau, founded a great organization that was helpful and was a great idea, to educate people every weekend with the best speakers on earth for just 150 dollars a month and he involved Dr. C as the leading motivational speaker. As soon as Dr. C found out that greed took over the thinking and the actions of Trudeau, and that Trudeau built the entire organization with lies, fraud, false and misleading advertisement, Dr. Coldwell, contacted the FTC, wrote to all the members he could reach about the fraud and also made sure the FBI and the US District Attorney’s office were informed about the potential crimes Trudeau committed. Instantly, Trudeau paid people, enticed his followers and ordered many of his employees to use every lie and attack possible to discredit Dr Coldwell
.Here is just one of the emails Trudeau himself send out.
Moreover, the email is heavily redacted. Here is the full email, as well as another one sent out by Kevin around the same time.
Now compare that top email to the one shared by Coldwell. Notice one of the lines in that email that Coldwell redacted on the version posted on his new site. He totally blacked out the penultimate line on the 11:01 AM email: "-send him dr c email proloting [sic] HIS deal... showing his TRUE motives for lying about me and gin." (Kevin is apparently as bad a writer as Lenny is.)
Now, I'm not saying that I automatically agree with liar Katie that liar Loony was lying about Trudeau and GIN. They're turds of a feather to this day; both are liars, in my view. And I don't know what if anything Loony told ABC; Coldwell was not mentioned at all on the final story. But if Loony simply said that Trudeau was a liar and GIN a lie, then yes, even I have to side with Loony. So I just wonder why Loony would want to redact that line on the email. Maybe he didn't wish to draw any attention on his new site to the thing to which Trudeau was no doubt referring, the IBMS Master's Society scam, a GIN ripoff that provides a painfully obvious motivation for Coldwell to try to turn people against GIN. Or maybe he just got carried away with his redacting. At any rate, his shot of a single heavily redacted email written by Kevin Trudeau to Trudeau's staff in March of 2013 does not prove anything remotely resembling a paid defamation conspiracy against Lenny.
You may recall that I wrote about those Katie emails and their context in the PS to a December 2013 blog post. In case you don't want to follow the link and wade through the verbiage, here is what I wrote:
PS ~ Self-proclaimed GIN destroyer Abe Husein is excited because he, Peter Wink and Loony Coldwell were mentioned in a March 2013 email from Kevin Trudeau to some of his cohorts. Katie apparently panicked and clumsily tried to do some damage control after ABC News showed up outside of his luxury digs in Zurich in March. It was apparently those "ambush journalists" who spooked Katie into trying to discredit some of his detractors. It's almost as if he didn't really realize what they were up to until he got shaken out of his complacency by ABC's visit. More than likely he was also inspired by his looming court cases and upcoming hearings and trial. But his main concern besides discrediting his detractors seemed to be to get tons of pro-GIN testimonials into the right hands. In fact, he seemed more concerned with getting those testimonials than with discrediting Abe, Wink, and Loony. Word has it that no one in the GIN offices actually embarked upon a campaign to discredit the Three Stooges, reasoning that the Stooges did their own self-discrediting better than anyone else ever could.Following that, I posted a shot of the emails that I just shared above.
Obviously any efforts at damage control that may have been made in the wake of the ABC "ambush" were ineffective; ABC aired their episodes of The Lookout, one in May and a followup in August, with, it must be noted, a segment featuring Abe (but with no mention of Loony or Wink). I think that most journalists who have had any interaction with Loony or Wink, particularly Loony, can sense that showcasing them as sources would not be the best move, credibility-wise, for any news media outlet...I actually had spoken to a former GIN principal who was still with GIN at the time Trudeau sent out those emails. This person said nobody at the GIN offices bothered to try to discredit Lenny, Peter, or Abe "because they did such a good job discrediting themselves." And I stress that this source wasn't necessarily anti-Coldwell; in fact this person had previously told me that Trudeau was actually becoming envious of the attention Coldwell was getting in GIN, and in this person's informed opinion, Katie's resentment of Coldwell's growing popularity was a secondary reason for Trudeau's decision to remove Coldwell. (The primary and overriding reason, according to this source, was that Coldwell and other speakers were costing GIN too much money -- money that Katie wanted to put towards his legal defense.)
The point here is that in the wake of the ABC reporters "ambushing" Trudeau in Zurich, Trudeau's people were apparently much more focused on getting pro-Trudeau testimonials for ABC than on getting anti-Coldwell information. Technically, however, Trudeau was paying the people to whom he sent the above emails, because... um... they were working for him.
But was it a conspiracy? Only in Coldwell's twisted little mind.
As for the rest of the narrative, it's patently absurd that Coldwell makes himself out to be the hero who exposed Trudeau's fraud after he "found out" about it. He was fired from GIN, pure and simple. He didn't give a crap about the lies; in fact, later he insinuated that he knew for a long time that there was no GIN Council, and so forth. No doubt he would still be happily promoting or at least defending Katie even now had he not been booted out. The truth is that Coldwell lost a very hefty income stream when he was fired from GIN. Granted, the income stream would have dwindled by now anyway, due to the investigations of Trudeau that had begun long before GIN did. But Coldwell would have had at least another year and a half of raking in money from GIN and Katie, had he not been booted out.
An accuser recants, raising more questions
One of the hot-button items on Coldwell's new site is his sharing of an affidavit by one of the women whose accusations against him were recorded in the aforementioned 2007 Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police report. Although the report did not result in any charges against Coldwell, and although under South Carolina law the most serious charge against him would have been "forcible fondling" -- NOT RAPE -- it's still pretty disgusting. (Salty Droid wrote about it first, back in September 2012. Here is that link again.) The woman, whose first name Coldwell had the enormous bad taste not to redact when he shared the screen shot of the affidavit, apparently recanted her accusation. Lenny crowed about it:
The main false accusations and lies are usually based on the payments from the enemies of Natural Cancer Cures, and are told to use and make up, or to create on their own. One of the usual accusations they use are sex related accusations, so they created a false police report to destroy Dr. Coldwell’s reputation and at the end of this article you see that the person that made the false police report did retract it and confirmed that she was forced to make these false accusations against Dr. C! Another women they used could not even live with her false accusations and took her own life. This is what these criminals and special interest groups are causing- people going to jail for the lies and false accusations they made and others even kill themselves. (You can get the names and addresses of these people and groups if you write to [EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED]. [More on that last sentence at the end of this post. ~CC]
But even if she did recant her accusation, there were several other women who made accusations as well, so this does not render the police report invalid. And it's just horrible that Coldwell would say that a young girl who was murdered not long after her alleged experiences with Coldwell killed herself because she could not live with her "lies" and "false accusations." Moreover, Coldwell's claim that the "enemies of Natural Cancer Cures" was behind the police report is... well, I hope the Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police department is reading this. They'll get a good laugh out of it.
Again, I want to stress (as I have on previous posts) that this report did not result in any criminal or civil charges against Coldwell. But Coldwell's implication that only one woman filed a report about him and that because she recanted, the entire report is fake, is absolutely false. And that old saying, "Where there's smoke there's fire" seems to apply here. In my opinion.
One more thing: I heard from what I believe to be a reliable source that Coldwell or someone representing Coldwell had approached a couple of the women last year, offering them money if they would recant their accusations. I have not followed up on this. But I can't help but wonder if instead of making her accusation under duress, the woman who reversed her accusation was recanting under duress. Perhaps it is a matter worth looking into.
Timing + context = everything
Some might be wondering why Lenny chose to roll out this smarmy scrapbook of misinfotainment after spending years clumsily and defensively dodging the very questions he pretends to answer on his new site. I'm not the only one who sees the new site as a clear sign of desperation, but I find the timing and context interesting. I'm thinking that a combination of factors finally drove him round the bend.
The Whois information indicates that the domain was actually registered in March of this year, but the site itself was apparently not completed and launched until just last week. And again, Coldwell has been dodging these questions for years. Why is he finally trying to "answer" them now?
I can't help thinking that it might have something to do with his recent lawsuit humiliation, which has been well covered on several blogs, including this one (here and here); as well as Salty Droid and GINtruth and GlancingWeb. In the event that you don't feel like taking the time to follow all of those links, but you want to know the background, I'll give you a relatively abbreviated version.
On February 10, 2014, Coldwell filed a defamation per se complaint in a Cook County, Illinois court (because he thought that Jason Jones, aka Salty Droid, still lived in Chicago). One problem with the lawsuit was that it named, "Omri Shabat, aka Jason Michael Jones," because Lenny stupidly thought the two men are one and the same. The other problem was that at the time the complaint was filed, nobody named in the complaint lived in Cook County. And though the defendant address listed was indeed Jason's former address -- which Jason himself had posted on his web site back when he really lived in Chicago -- all of the blog posts cited at length in the complaint were Omri's, from his blog, GlancingWeb. Needless to say, it was impossible to serve papers on the defendant(s), as one was in another state and one was in another country entirely.
No matter. Shortly after the suit was filed, Coldwell was all over Facebook bragging that he had sued Salty and that Bernie and I were next. Clouding the issue, Abe Husein posted on his Facebook page that Coldwell had sued Salty and Bernie. (I guess Abe got confused because his buddy had only threatened to sue Bernie.)
As it became more apparent that serving process was not going to be easy, Coldwell wrote a series of little rants about how Salty had found out Lenny was suing him and had gone into hiding -- a total lie, of course. But Lenny vowed that his private investigator and/or his loyal fans would hunt Salty down so he could be served.
On February 27, 2014, a little over two weeks after the suit was filed, Loony's own lawyer, Dennis Kellogg (a personal-injury attorney whom Coldwell apparently got through one of those Lawyers R Us monthly-fee services) filed a motion to withdraw from the case "for professional reasons." The motion was granted by the court on March 17.
Shortly after the lawyer's motion to withdraw was granted, Coldwell was on Facebook saying that he had been informed that the case was a criminal one and involved multiple jurisdictions, so he would be seeking a new lawyer and filing new criminal cases against all of us bloggers. He continued to figuratively shake his chubby little fist, warning that we "criminal" bloggers might soon find ourselves in a jail cell with Kevin Trudeau.
Meanwhile, Salty/Jason, who had become aware of the lawsuit only because a loyal friend notified him and another one obtained copies of the complaint from the courthouse, responded properly. (I do not know any details about Omri's responses, although apparently he did respond, according to the LexisNexis summary page.) Jason filed a motion to dismiss the case (due to its utter stupidity) as well as a motion for sanctions against the lawyer and Loony (due to their utter stupidity). Those motions became moot, however, when on April 23, 2014, the case was dismissed for want of prosecution. Obviously, Lenny had not found a substitute lawyer, and nobody from the plaintiff's side showed up -- including Lenny, is my guess. So the judge duly dismissed it and said, "Next!" I imagine that Jason still has an option to pursue sanctions if he so desires, but at this point he's busy chasing down other bad guys so he probably has other things on his mind.
Of note, during the back and forth about the case, Jason had asked Lenny point-blank about his degrees and was prepared to bring his lack of credentials up in court if it had come to that. Perhaps Lenny was growing increasingly uneasy about someday being pressed to prove his creds. In any case, the lawsuit was a major fail -- not exactly a feather in the cap of someone who so frequently boasts, "I will not start the fight, but I will finish it!" and "I have never, ever lost a fight!" In this case, he started the fight, didn't finish it, and he lost. So there's that. Of course the ending of this saga is not mentioned on his new web site, or on any of his sites, including his Facebook page.
Maybe Lenny's desperation was further escalated by the fact that a few mainstream journalists have been poking around his business in the past few months, asking him those uncomfortable questions about his credentials. And perhaps it also has to do with the cumulative effect of the questions that people have been asking him for more than two years now via blogs and Facebook posts.
I also toyed with the possibility that Coldwell had some sort of twisted entrapment scheme going on in his little brain -- deliberately writing lies so his critics would respond vigorously, and then he could try to jump on them for defaming him. Apparently he did something like this in Germany back in the late 1990s; he sent somebody to trick a cult expert into privately speculating that some of the techniques he taught were cult-like and reminiscent of Scientology. Then he turned around and sued that person for defaming him. He lost.
What's clear is that his new site is indeed an expression of deranged desperation.
As I have noted here before, when it comes to his critics Leonard Coldwell has a history of taking accusations that have been leveled against him, and turning them right back around to the accuser. It's like a written form of echolalia, or echophrasia, the automatic repetition of vocalizations made by another person. My husband Ron has a simpler explanation: it's the Pee Wee Herman defense: "I know you are, but what am I?"
For instance, as I have mentioned here before, shortly after Salty Droid published his September 2012 blog post about the 2007 Mount Pleasant police report on Coldwell, longtime Kevin Trudeau buddy and frauduct peddler Fred Van Liew (Whirled name Fred Van Loony) posted a link to that post on Facebook, tsk-tsk-tsk-ing about the allegations that Coldwell had exploited his position as a fake doctor and health "expert" to take advantage of numerous vulnerable women.
Fred Van Liew Thursday at 7:01pmAn extended discussion about the allegations followed. I wrote about that and other aspects of the Coldwell-Van Liew pot-and-kettle saga on this September 2012 post.
This is not good news regarding Coldwell. Sorry to have to post, however my radio program and my life is about health, and this man evidently represents anything but. The article will keep you from going anywhere near this man.
Very shortly after Fred "exposed" Lenny on Facebook, Coldwell was on Facebook accusing Fred of molesting women while pretending to "test" them. This is from October 24, 2012:
And a year later he was still accusing Fred of putting his hands on the ladies and practicing medicine without a license. I wrote about that here.
That is just one example. Coldwell also seems to love threatening his international critics -- that would be Bernie and Omri -- with Interpol. Bernie has some hilarious things to say about that, and has actually contacted Interpol to find out if they really are after him, as Coldwell claims. He will be keeping us posted on his blog. I imagine that the purpose of Lenny's Interpol meme is partly to impress his more dimwitted followers, who might be taken in by the air of international intrigue that the word "Interpol" lends to his lunatic rants. But I also know from reading the police report that Interpol and other international organizations have been contacted during investigations into Coldwell's activities. Once again... echolalia. Or projection: scenes from his own life, projected outward.
Now, as for Coldwell's false claims that I am an ex-prostitute, on first glance that seemed to me to be just a gratuitous tactic to further discredit me. I don't think the echolalia factor applies here, as I do not believe anyone has accused him of being a prostitute (though I could be wrong). But the projection factor may apply. I have heard that he has an affinity for prostitutes and paid escorts; I really don't know and don't care. Perhaps he has some sort of love-hate relationship going on with that profession. Many men do.
As for the pedophilia accusations he has leveled against others, I really don't know where that's coming from. However, Bernie did share a screen shot on his first post about Coldwell's new web site. Someone who knows Coldwell very well wrote this:
...he is obviously really desperate...this info is coming from a pedophile which is why he calls everyone else pedophile. He projects who he is in all that he says...Desperate is my conclusion the walls are closing in!
For all you herpetologists and serpent fans out there: when I use the word "slithering," please know that I mean no offense to snakes, which actually serve a useful purpose in nature. On his "Defamation" page, Coldwell seems to be taking his usual tack of indirect directness, apparently attempting to slither his way out of any liability for the content by (1) pretending his brother wrote the screed on the "Defamation" page; (2) not actually naming any names in his lies about his critics (although those pictures he posted of Bernie and of Coldwell's former ghostwriter would seem to open him up to liability should the owners of those pictures choose to pursue legal action); and (3) claiming that (in the case of his accusation against Bernie), a "source" sent him the beat-up picture and told him the supposed story behind the picture.
Just like "sources" told him that I am an STD-infected ex-hooker.
As I have noted here before, Lenny has a long history of giving himself what he thinks is an easy out should anyone actually come after him. On several occasions he has claimed that his Facebook account and/or web site were "hacked." He has blamed his "assistant" for some of the rants on Facebook. And then, as discussed here previously, there is the disclaimer at the bottom of the page on his main site:
The Dr Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V is responsible for the content of this website, all legal issues have to be addressed to Dr Leonard Coldwell Foundation e V Germany. Due to a hack on our sites we cannot retrieve the origin of some articles used on this website. We apologize for that. Articles are also from our friends, colleagues and fellow freedom fighters like: www.rense.com, www.seedsofdeception.com, www.goodlifefoundation.com, www.robertscottbell.com, www.healthfreedomusa.org www.dorway.com, www.prisonplanet.com, www.nvic.org, www.naturalnews.com and www.mercola.com. We appreciate the great work and research of Jeff Rense, Dr. Rima E. Laibow, Dr. Betty Martini, Dr. Thomas Hohn, Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Mercola, Mike Adams - The Health Ranger, Alex Jones, and others.
But it is quite possible that Lenny's slithering won't get him out of any liability should someone choose to pursue action. I understand that several complaints have been sent to the host of his new site, and there may be other actions taken as well, so it is quite possible that some of the content discussed above will be removed at some point. But as I mentioned above, I am telling the truth here about the site as it exists at the time I am writing this post. In other words, as one of my long-time favorite humorists Dave Barry always likes to say, "I am not making this up." [Again, see 3 July update above. ~CC]
I have been told by more than one attorney that I have a very good case against Coldwell based upon the lies he has written about me. I imagine that the other critics he's slammed have a pretty good case too. These attorneys have said that Coldwell's statements -- falsely accusing critics of prostitution, of having sexually transmitted diseases, of committing criminal sexual acts -- are the very textbook definition of unprotected speech.
In my case, these attorneys were referring specifically to First Amendment protection, which of course only applies in the United States. But I imagine that there are equivalent points -- related to freedom of expression as opposed to defamation -- that would apply in international litigation. I have not made any decisions myself about pursuing action against Coldwell and I do not know if his other targets have made any decisions. But at this point, this poorly worded statement on his site -- at the bottom of his main bio page -- seems to be tempting fate:
Is Coldwell trying to incite vigilante "justice?"Defamation, Libel, Slander and the Conspiracy to Destroy Ground of Business: To preempt any form of doubt creation: Dr Leonard Coldwell has never been sued, arrested, indicted, trialed [sic] or convicted of any crime.
Coldwell's perverse sexual fantasies about his critics are disturbing, but even more disturbing to me is the fact that in the context of lying about some particulars of the 2007 police report, he invites people to write to him at a certain email address, and he promises that he will give them all of the names and full contact information of everyone who is involved in his purely imaginary “conspiracy” to “destroy grounds of business” and to “defame” him.
Because of the context in which he wrote this, I believe that this list includes the numerous women (and as I noted earlier, there wasn’t just one) whose accounts appear in the police report, as well as bloggers and journalists who have done nothing more than raise legitimate questions -- questions that he has still not answered with anything except another round of ungrammatical lies, though admittedly this time those lies are enhanced with jpegs of spurious credentials and old German newspaper clippings.
By threatening to share our contact information it seems clear that he is trying to incite vigilante justice -- one step below actually posting all of the names and personal information on a public web site, as, for example, certain extreme groups have done, with the results that some of the groups’ targets have been stalked and murdered. The fact that reportedly Coldwell has also -- with apparent seriousness -- talked about sending hit men after people should also be considered, as should the fact that he has previously threatened me -- and others -- via private message on Facebook (once again pretending to be his brother, and using still another fake name: "Rudi Kauder").
Ron and I take his invitation to his fanatical fans as a bona fide threat and we are taking appropriate actions.
You might think that after all of the above, there's not much more to be said about the pack of lies on the Leonard Coldwell bio site. But if you are thinking that, you don't know me. I'm not quite finished. In Part 2 we'll take a closer look at some of those "certifications" of which Mocktor Coldwell is so unjustly proud, as well as other odd bits and pieces on his new site.
Meanwhile, here is Bernie's followup GINtruth.com post about Loony's new site. Enjoy!
- Part 2 -- Leonard Coldwell's medical lackground and other hilarities from his new Bio website (published 4 August 2014)
- Part 3 -- Sound and fury, Sturm und Drang: Leonard Coldwell's meaningless bluster (published 7 August 2014)
- Part 4 -- Leonard Coldwell: The facts don't matter if the story is good (published 16 August 2014)
- Part 5 -- Leonard Coldwell: stupid and dangerous, or simply stupid? (published 19 August 2014)
- Not part of the series but pertinent -- Leonard Coldwell goes too far: lies about me poisoning his dog (originally published 16 July, 2014, with several updates)
- Update post: Dog dies, Coldwell resumes attacks on me (published 5 September 2014)