Universal Medicine March 2016 SLAPP defamation, gossip & ‘no wrongdoing found’Posted: March 10, 2016
25 March: SLAPP SLAPP SLAPPITY SLAPP – Universal Law solicitors’ shenanigans
9 March: The Universal Medicine cult’s facade of ‘energetic integrity’ continues to crumble with the latest findings against their bent operations and operators. In the past months, the College of Universal Medicine had its deductible gift recipient status cancelled by the Australian Tax Office; one of the cult psychologists was formally disciplined over her promotions of her grubby guru; Serge Benhayon’s reputation and risk management providers were arrested for alleged fraud and money laundering and the cult’s golden boy pharmacist, Michael Serafin is under investigation for his dispensing processes in the wake of an adverse pharmaceutical event.
March 25th: SLAPP SLAPP SLAPPITY SLAPP – Universal Law unto themselves solicitors Mullumbimby
In the past month or so I took out a defence fundraising ad in the Byron Shire Echo, a Mullumbimby based independent news service.
Five minutes after it went to print, Universal Law solicitors Mullumbimby trotted out a legal threat to the Echo, and I was asked to make changes, removing ‘SLAPP’ and the link to my blog estherrockett.com.
They’ve been making new pitches to Google to have more stuff removed from the search index and they’d already started on my lawyers with a series of laughable demands – all suitably ignored. However they make Glorious material for exposure, showing that lot for who they truly are – ‘Esoterically’.
Late last year someone posted a pretty naff YouTube video of an Oingo Boingo song, ‘Little Girls’ in the comments of one of the gossip blogs, with a reply which said it was ‘prescient and disturbing.’
Universal Law demanded I remove both.
The videoclip contains references that are the same as defamatory allegations your client have made about our client … We consider that a reasonable reader who is familiar with the content of material published on your client’s website would readily infer that in knowingly publishing the link to the videoclip in the comment your client deliberately intended to reference and thus repeat allegations about our client that are the subject of the pending action. Accordingly, irrespective of the identity of the person who wrote the post, we consider that you are liable as publisher of the post on the website.
Cameron Bell and Paula Fletcher seem to think my solicitor is the publisher. Maybe they should write to my parents and demand they to send me to the naughty corner as well.
In all the circumstances, we hereby notify you that we intend to rely on the comment as part of our material on aggravated damages…require that your client take-down the post by 4:00pm on 8 January 2016. In default in compliance, we will consider such further steps against your client as our client instructs.
Another part of their claim for aggravated damages – that Benhayon can only win in the highly unlikely event his claim succeeds – is a Tweet to Paula Fletcher where I agreed to see them in court. UM’s legal geniuses consider statements of fact to be defamatory, lol!
I don’t censor stuff because SERGE SAYS SO. I only remove stuff that’s unjustifiably defamatory based on Australian law. UM actively targets juvenile girls via the Girl to Woman Festival and its ‘youth sponsorship’ and other fronts. Benhayon has published on his own blog he has little girls stay at his home. If he doesn’t want people to make fair comment on it, he shouldn’t do it.
Next was a demand I remove my YouTube case update where I ran through a settlement offer I made to Benhayon before Christmas. I told him I was bringing a full defence and suggested it would be advantageous if he dropped the case before I went to the trouble and cost of mounting a defence. I described how his team responded with a couple of remarks that the offer was ‘premature’ and that the legal defences I will be using in court are ‘distractions’. My criticism of their Esoteric interpretation of Australian law resulted in renewed pseudolegal histrionics.
Publication of details with regard to settlement negotiations is clearly inappropriate. Please confirm that this material will be immediately removed.
Legal demands are supposed to be based on whether the material in question is lawful.
But Benhayon and Universal Law have the hide to demand censorship based on their demented take on ‘inappropriate’. And that’s this whole defamation SLAPP in a nutshell.
Cameron Bell and Paula Fletcher are religious investors in UM who regard him as a spiritual leader and are related to him by marriage. Benhayon’s son married their daughter.
Bumbling Paula ‘not on the payroll‘ Fletcher has visited my blogs to make ‘anonymous’ comments inadvertently identifying herself via her WordPress login.
She promotes Benhayon’s evolution denying, complainant defaming, harmful occult pseudoscientific, inappropriate touching, brainmashing, family fracturing madness online.
Their demands encapsulate the whole problem with the UniMed cult and it’s crap litigation. Solicitors are supposed to provide clients with advice on legal matters – not what they deem, with a staggering lack of insight, to be ‘inappropriate’.
Next was this nonsense about the ad I ran in the Echo:
We are instructed that the advertisement carries the imputation that there are grounds for believing that our client’s action against your client is a SLAPP suit. We consider that that imputation is defamatory of our client and is not honest opinion or fair comment in the circumstances of the publication.
Our client does not, nor could he, object to your client appealing for donations to fund her defence. However our client requests your assurances in writing that having drawn this matter to your attention your client will not further publish the same or similar imputations in future advertisements or elsewhere, online or otherwise.
For real. It’s not fair or honest, because they say so.
Someone needs to point out to Benhayon such matters are for the court to decide – not a pair of compromised dunderheaded small town solicitors.
Every day, defamation courts in Australia make make legal distinctions between what is unlawfully and unjustifiably defamatory and what is the suppression of free speech. Benhayon isn’t the first arrogant, exploitative ignoramus attempting to use his wealth and the defamation court to censor criticism made in the public interest, and he won’t be the last by far. As archaic as defamation law is here, it rarely finds in favour of censorship. Nor do defamation courts make decisions based on a dangerous charlatan’s hurt feelings or the bent sense of propriety of a delusional and his financially invested apologists.
The Echo are understandably averse to legal threats and have to play safe. We can thank Australian defamation law for making life difficult for small publishers. US based WordPress, however, won’t remove a thing without a court order.
Neither will I.
9 March: Cult fiction – ‘no wrongdoing found’
Starting this weekend a hundred or so of the Goonellabah messiah’s faith-full are in Vietnam for the annual RETREAT. For $1895, maladjusted munchkin, Serge Benhayon, will harangue them with the ‘Science’ of reincarnation, the evils of bananas and altruism, and threats of entity rape to anyone who so much as blinks with the energy of doubt. The torture will continue with wind-up Ascended Master/’sex-bomb’ doll, Natalie Benhayon, reeling off a lifetime’s worth of indoctrination, punctuated with assaults from Glorious Music and the strains of Miranda Benhayon. After Miranda’s potential tennis stardom was burnt out by Serge’s coaching, he had to get his money’s worth somehow. She doesn’t have the acting skills to pull off Esoteric ‘healing’, so all that was left was popstardom. It’s a god-awful din, but the punters buy up because it helps their ‘initiations’. Serge Says So.
But that’s not the real news.
For some time SergeCorp has been pumping out propaganda claiming our official complaints are ‘baseless’, there’s been ‘no wrongdoing found’, and regulators have congratulated his shams on their amazing integrity.
That fiction, repeated for about two years now, was republished a few weeks ago by UM spokes-bride Alison Greig:
Rockett’s online abuse of Serge Benhayon also spilled offline into a long list of fabricated complaints submitted to government authorities. All were dismissed as baseless or lacking any substance by the authorities approached.
The mandatory compliance action against the Sound Foundation Charitable Trust in 2013 suggests otherwise, as do the latest findings.
ATO – DGR cancellation
We’ve known for yonks the College of Universal Medicine is a shameless scam. Benhayon owns the property and founded the charity to raise funds to renovate it as a premises for his commercial use. Operating a charity for private benefit is against the law. It’s supposedly an educational charity, but the education consists of hypocritical bullshit from the Brides of Serge, and Sergio’s own Living Sutras of the Hierarchy – evolution denial, evil supernatural enemies and general loony raving he reckons is impulsed (channelled) to him by disembodied Ascended Masters. Exempt from tax.
And it still retains some exemptions (income tax, GST, fringe benefits), but last October it lost its most important one – the deductible gift recipient status or DGR, in place since August 2011. Donations to the scam are no longer tax deductible, and the only way the Australian Tax Office cancels DGR is due to non compliance/misconduct. Not bad going for a charity with two and a half lawyers on the board – Serryn O’Regan, commercial litigation barrister, Charles Wilson, and, yes, Alison Greig. UM’s in house not for profit consultant, Victoria Lister didn’t help either. It seems the paperwork wasn’t so tight after all.
We also know that founding Chairman, Serge Benhayon, who quit his ‘lifetime’ Chairmanship on being questioned by News Ltd, after only a year as director, was required to sign an undertaking he can’t profit from the charity if it’s dissolved. His phoney Way of the Livingness religion was denied charity status in the UK for the same reason.
The College of UM is certainly on its last legs. I’ll have a more detailed charity update soon.
Marianna Masiorski, psychologist, disciplined
Strangely, after a two year investigation, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority (AHPRA), with the Psychology Board of Australia also agreed with another of my ‘baseless’ complaints. This time concerning Marianna’s promotions of Benhayon sleaze and scamming. She is now under conditional registration for breaching her professional code of conduct.
What’s funny, and vindicating, is that AHPRA made the finding about two years to the day after her complaint to AHPRA that I was unfit to practice due to mental illness was dismissed as ‘lacking in substance’. (It was dismissed again a few months later, when Serge, Masiorski and the rest of his hierarchy of compromised, numbskull allied health professionals lodged the same complaint a second time.) One of the findings against Masiorski suggests AHPRA disagreed with her assessment of mental disorders.
To dispel any ‘energy of doubt’ over that finding, I can assure readers the Board takes such investigations seriously. The complaint was examined by AHPRA lawyers and the investigation involved testimony from an expert psychologist. Whereas the complaints they lodged against me did not pass the initial assessment stage.
It’s also about two years since the disciplinary finding against Universal Medicine psychologist Caroline Raphael, who was required to undergo ‘counselling’.
I’ve also been told recently that providing psychology services to social acquaintances/members of your church is a violation of the Psychology Act under Australian law.
Mick & Zach Featherstone – all risk services and arrest for fraud
December 2014, ex Gold Coast police officer turned ‘Phoenix Global’ private investigator, Michael Featherstone, was arrested on charges related to kidnapping and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Fifth Degree Initiate sent from Shamballa, Serge Benhayon, and his Esoteric Sons of God had been using Featherstone’s services for almost two years by then for ‘Internet Reputation Management,’ i.e. cleansing the Google Search index and Facebook of inconvenient criticisms via untested pseudolegal complaints. According to Phoenix Global’s own paperwork, they were hired for ‘all risk services’. Featherstone admitted to Fairfax News in 2008 that he regularly hacked the computers of his surveillance targets and undertook illegal surveillance. Hacking is also a federal offence.
We are employed, and authorised to represent Universal Medicine in relation to all risk services including internet defamation.
All of that is in keeping with what we know of con artist Benhayon and the predatory fraud that is Universal Medicine. Except, that Benhayon markets his service as ‘love’ and ‘truth’, and from the recent post, ‘the qualities for which Serge Benhayon is internationally known for; that of a deeply caring, ultra honest and very inspiring man.’
The same grubby little guru reckons his clairsentience is so superior that all of his ‘prophecies’ come true, and he can answer ‘any mystery in the Universe’. He characterises charity and altruism as ‘evil’ and reckons ‘occulty’ charity has the ‘same energy as paedophilia’. He reckons eating chocolate harms your reincarnations.
Last year, the Brides of Serge twisted their knickers denying any connection with Mick Featherstone:
Recently the Internet Reputation Company which Universal Medicine has hired since 2012, Phoenix Global, has been in the news regarding the conduct of one of the owners. No doubt Jane Hansen will attempt to create a link between this controversy and Universal Medicine where none exists. Universal Medicine can make no comment on Phoenix Global in the news as we have worked directly with the Internet Reputation Manager Zach Featherstone, a young man whose conduct we have always found to be exemplary.
Six months previous, ABC News had reported exemplary Zach was up to his neck in it.
Oh well. On February 23, Mick, Zach and a bunch of others were arrested at the centre of an estimated $15-$20M fraud with about 600 victims. That about fits with Benhayon’s brief for Esoteric ‘integrity’.
Another Esoteric pillar of integrity, cult pharmacist, Michael Serafin investigated by NSW Health
Fairfax Media revealed on Sunday (28 February) that NSW Health had launched an investigation and closed down the iv.me clinic in Darlinghurst after a woman received a $340 intravenous infusion and ended up in the emergency ward of St Vincent’s Hospital…
Dr Michael Serafin, of Complementary Compounding Services in Ballina, confirmed on Wednesday he had been dragged into an expanded inquiry surrounding the iv.me clinic in Darlinghurst, alleging to Fairfax Media that he would not have supplied the product had he known it was for commercial use.
“Up until yesterday when I saw your article, I had never heard of iv.me clinics so am unaware of their practices and how they use these injections,” he said.
The proprietor of the IV clinic says otherwise.
When Fairfax Media approached Ms Kazeme for comment, she said: “We are a wellness clinic and we take a holistic approach to our clients’ health. Dr Serafin is fully aware of what we do.” Sydney Morning Herald, 2 March 2016
She had more to say to Australian Doctor:
She claimed the Department of Health’s investigation will centre on the supplier of the infusion.
“This is not the first time, and it’s not fair that my business is being attacked when it was not the fault of iv.me, nor is it the first time it has happened in this industry,” Ms Kazeme said.
“At the time of this incident occurring, the NSW Health Department confirmed with me that there had been approximately six or seven cases of patients receiving infusions of this particular ingredient in wellness centres around Sydney, having a similar reaction that the iv.me client did,” she claimed.
“Hence why I can confirm that the investigation is directed at a supplier/manufacturer fault rather than any practice of my business. iv.me protocols and procedures were cleared by the health department.”
A health department statement on the investigation:
“This includes, but is not limited to, the actions of people involved in administering infusions, the doctor prescribing compounded medicines and the compounding pharmacy providing injectable compounded medicines,” a spokesman said.
The probe could include reviewing compounding processes at the pharmacy, examining dispensing records and whether supply was in accordance with recognised therapeutic standards and compliance, he said. Australian Doctor, 3 March 2016
Serafin is a supplier of UM’s products, frequent flier at UM events, and is identified as a College of UM ‘educator‘, for which I assume he receives Esoteric plugs for his business from The One.
Finally, if you haven’t found it yet, I posted a March update on the Benhayon vs Rockett defamation claim, outlining the defence I’ve filed. Watch that post for further updates. It’s a strong, comprehensive defence. The court will examine Benhayon’s sleazy teachings, sleazy practices, sleazy images and some choice samples of his delusions and false, misleading and harmful claims. No one can imagine a court finding that I had no reason to be concerned about his conduct with women and children in the light of all of that. Please spread the word. Support is increasing as Northern Rivers locals find out about the case and I can confirm the media is following with intense interest. I still need help with funding, so consider donating or extending me a loan.