New York, NY(Law Firm Newswire) January 3, 2018 – As reported in the New York Post, Ray Allen, a former star of the NBA, claimed he is a victim of “cat fishing,” and has requested that a court dismiss a case in which he is alleged to have stalked a person he met online.
Last November, Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, one day after Bryant Coleman informed the court that he is being stalked by Allen. However, Allen maintains that Coleman is the individual who is guilty of stalking.
According to the motion that was filed on behalf of Allen, Coleman posed as a number of attractive women who expressed an interest in Allen. Allen’s attorney issued a statement to the effect that Allen filed a legal claim in hopes of putting an end to threats against him and his family, and that Allen was the victim of an online plot to extort funds and cause him embarrassment by someone who seems to be psychologically disturbed.
Peter Brill of Brill Legal Group states, “Stalking charges are considered far more serious than aggravated harassment, and can be penalized more severely.” “Due to the far-reaching negative impact of a stalking conviction, it is imperative that one have effective legal representation.”
Allen alleged that Coleman made threats to disclose details of their conversations, and that both parties came to a resolution to keep everything private. Allen said Coleman violated that agreement, and persists in harassing him and his family via many social media accounts. The motion states that Coleman submitted posts about Allen’s wife, children, dog, homes, the restaurant belonging to Allen’s wife and several other personal items. The motion alleges that Coleman made certain that Allen and his family were aware of the posts, for he tagged Allen and his wife in them.
However, Coleman stated in court documents that he received a call from Allen, who made threats against him and said he would make sure he “never opened his mouth again.”
Allen requested that the court order Coleman to cease “cyber-stalking.” He is regretful that he ever communicated with this individual online, and is grateful that they never met in person. The experience has had an adverse effect on Allen, and he is hopeful that others might use his error to learn the perils of engaging online with strangers.
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