UPDATE: LENNY POZNER IS AWARDED $450,000 IN DEFAMATION SUIT
The damages awarded me for Mr. Fetzer’s prolific defamation and harassment are significant, not so much for the dollar amount, which I will likely never see due to Mr. Fetzer’s economic reality, but for the precedent that it sets. This sends a message to hoaxers and conspiracy theorists and others who seek to use internet to revictimize and terrorize vulnerable people, that their actions have consequences. When you defame people online, that has consequences.
For many years, I attempted to use the legal system to get hoaxers like Mr. Fetzer to stop attacking me and terrorizing my family. But, without legal precedent, courts didn’t want to wade into the unknown waters of online defamation and harassment. Today, I believe that that hesitation ends and the countless other victims of Mr. Fetzer and other conspiracy theorists like him who use the internet to harass and defame, will now have the ability to pursue legal action against their abusers. - Lenny Pozner - October 16, 2019
Lenny Pozner’s Official Statement After Defamation Victory
This is a victory for truth and decency. Today marks an important turning point for victims of hoaxers and online harassers. Unimpeded, conspiracy theories distort truth and erase history. They dehumanize victims. They manipulate the public.
People like Fetzer who hide behind their computer screen and terrorize people grappling with the most unimagined grief were put on notice today. Social media companies that allow their platforms to be weaponized were put on notice today. We will continue to stand up for our rights to be free of your attempts to use our tragedy and our pain to line your pockets or gain internet “likes.”
Being compelled to test my son’s remaining tissue against my own, just to prove to these hoaxers that he existed and is my son, has been emotionally challenging. I want to thank my legal team who have handled this sensitive situation with respect. They continue to be champions of my rights and ultimately the rights of all victims of online defamation. Their work is historic, their dedication is invaluable, and I am humbled by their passion.
I also want to thank the volunteers of the HONR Network who continue to tirelessly dedicate their time and energy to the reporting of hoaxer content. There is still a lot of work to be done. But this was a significant step in the right direction. - Lenny Pozner - June 18, 2019
BEWARE THE JABBERWOCK - THIS AMERICAN LIFE
Producer Miki Meek tells the story of Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, was killed at Sandy Hook. In the years after Noah's death, Lenny and his family were harassed by people who believed the shooting at Sandy Hook never happened – that it was all a conspiracy. Until one day, Lenny decided to fight back….listen here.