Universal Medicine defamation, festive role models and gossip early 2017Posted: January 29, 2017
— Girl to Woman (@Girl_2_Woman) 6 January 2017
19 February – *Last weeks hearings *Glorious Music’s assault on the Adelaide Fringe Festival
12 February – *This week’s hearings – short hearing Raphael & Karam v Rockett 13 February, Benhayon procedural hearing on 17th
5 February – Friday’s procedural hearing deferred until 17 February
24 January 2017 – *Caroline Raphael & Ray Karam defamation claim *Selling esoteric palliative care *Girl to Woman Festival makeovers and online photo ops
19 February – last week’s hearings
Unfortunately we lost last week’s application in Brisbane. Litigation is brutal that way. I’ll update more about that in the next defence update. I’m too busy right now.
Someone messaged worried because I’ve been offline, hoping I wasn’t feeling ‘terrible’. So I thought I’d better post. Don’t worry! I don’t feel terrible. It’s a setback. It’s not terminal, and there’s always a plan duckies. Always.
It was a highly esoteric hearing. You might imagine. College of UM director and barrister, Charles Wilson did the courtroom version of the UM Facts website – saying my application was ‘vexatious’. No surprise that part didn’t fly. The whole story is long and technical. I’ll fill you in some time, on the suppositions about assets and funds they reckon I have ‘hidden’. In spite of my sworn affidavits stating my financial position – that I have no savings, no assets and a low income. They didn’t provide any evidence for the existence of those ‘hidden’ funds. They must be bloody well hidden seeing I’ve never heard of them. ‘Hidden’. 14 months into defending escalating litigation from a multimillionaire, everything I had in savings back when, and everything I’ve raised has been spent. I’m now deep in glorious debt.
In spite of that, I’m probably more determined than ever to get these defences to trial. And there’s no reason I won’t. Watch me do it.
I thought for a moment Team UM must have taken off the gloves. But no. They never put them on. From the outset. The Brisbane carry on from the in house team was an eye opener. I know what to expect from them now. The problem with bludgeoning at anything you don’t like, gloves off, is that eventually your only weapons – your bony little fists – end up smashed to a pulp. Luvvies.
There’s a little work to do to organize the Brisbane defence, but bear with me. In the meantime, Team Esoteric have upped the adversarial ante, and I can tell you – after 4½ years fending off their nonsense I won’t be giving in. More on that soon.
We were listed again on the 17th, but I think it was stood over again for three weeks while Universal Law kvetches and nitpicks over the discovery list.
GM Records at the Adelaide Fringe Festival
Glorious Music is what results when you live in a community where the only music allowed is Elvis and gentle breath yodeller, Chris James, everyone tells you you’re AMAZING (except when you don’t kiss ass or do as you’re told), and you spray on a dress and lift a mic to your formidable gums and sell-abrate the murder of individual liberty and good taste.
The Adelaide Fringe Festival is a long running annual arts extravaganza, known for its fearless forays into the avant garde. So, yeah, apparently the Goonellabah hillbillies paid to book themselves a gig so they could play out their high school band fantasy via bogan rapping and Esoteric hymns. Their contribution to the avant garde, it appears, is their brave choice to abandon musical key and try and sell tickets to unsuspecting members of the Astral cult. Ever the optimists, they booked four or five shows, and bless, they appear to have sold a few dozen tickets at $24 each – albeit to fans flown in from interstate, who may or may not have attended each of the shows.
Anyway, no one expects you to sit through more than a few minutes of this *performance*. Drag the little cursor to fast forward through the flats, the screeches and the Dead Kennedys moments. You know I just had to post this. A lot of you will LOVE IT! 😆
Or if you can’t handle that, the preview is mercifully shorter. 🙉 😂
12 February – this week’s hearings
13 February the Brisbane district court will hear my application for a stay (halt) of the proceedings in the Raphael & Karam v Rockett defamation claim. My solicitor is coming from Sydney to argue the appropriate jurisdiction is NSW according to Section 20 of the service and execution of process act. I’ll be there and one or more of the Lords of Form may also attend, depending on their schedules. We’re not sure what time our argument will go ahead. Depends where we end up on the list. Not sure who’s arguing for Ray and Caroline. Might be Brisbane barrister, Charles Wilson, who is one of the directors of the beleaguered College of Universal Medicine charity.
As I mentioned below, the claim document states that he settled the claim in Qld.
I’m not sure what their argument is. A flurry of affidavits flew around last week. I was called a ‘troll’ in at least one. None of them mentioned anything about pranic and loveless institutions under the control of the Dark Lodge though. Funnily.
The next listing for Benhayon is Friday the 17th. At this stage it looks unlikely to be more than a five minute mention, setting dates for the next stage of paperwork.
Of course I’ll update when I know more about both. Please be patient on Monday in case we’re not on until the afternoon.
Finally, don’t lose your healing symbols if I’m not as active on social media. I’m busy! I can tell you one thing though – these proceedings are doing wonders for my Astral technology skill set.
17 February hearing
Nothing happened in court on the 3rd. There’s a lot of paperwork in the next stage of proceedings, and Team Benhayon needed a bit more time to consider the orders, and whether they want to object. Which is fair enough. There was a lot to consider. So we’re listed again on the 17th, and there may be an argument or not. If there’s an argument it may concern categories of documents Benhayon is to make available to my defence. I will update you.
In the meantime, we’re travelling well. I need to raise the last leg of funding. If I haven’t said it already, there’s a lot of support for my defence. A lot of people want to make sure it goes ahead, but now is the time I need to marshall all of you to help raise this last slice of funding. It’s not going to happen if you all relax and hope someone else puts in money. We’re nearing the goal, but I need all of your help. The more people who contribute the more it helps the defence, obviously. But it also helps all the other contributors, and it makes sure my generous team are working toward a real resolution.
If you’ve ever whinged about UM, but haven’t contributed to this defence, now is the time to put your money where your mouth is. Paypal button is at the top of the page.
This might be the only opportunity we get to put all the evidence I’ve collected over the past four years, in relation to a very wide range of conduct, to the Supreme Court.
Thank you to everyone who has helped, and especially those who continue to make periodic donations. Every bit helps.
Caroline Raphael, Ray Karam defamation claim
Before Xmas I reminded readers of the Glorious Christmas greeting 2013 from Sarah Davis, where she sent me a pseudo-legal demand at 5:30 on Xmas morning. Really, some of these Esoteric people need to learn how to relax, lol.
Anyway, Friday afternoon, December 23rd, those workaholics at Universal Law tried to serve me with a defamation claim from UM psychologist Caroline Raphael, and erstwhile Ballina mayoral candidate, Ray Karam. They fired it over cyberspace at my solicitor, who as far as I know, had knocked off for the year. By then I imagine he was at home preparing to stuff his turkey or something.
The allegedly defamatory publications complained of consist of six tweets and an email I sent to Ballina Shire councillors, Ballina’s local federal and state MPs and some members of the press. The claim states the email was read by one person, Ballina mayor, David Wright.
Funny time to serve a defamation claim, when you’re already running a similar one against the same defendant for another client, knowing the defendant’s legal team took time off last January. It’s also an unusual choice to file a related claim in another state, in this case Queensland, when none of the litigants or likely witnesses etc. live or have primary place of work or business there.
Plus there’s an odd statement on the claim that ‘at all times material Caroline Raphael practised, and is practising, from rooms at Fairfield, Queensland under the style of Innermost Counselling’.
Her Innermost Counselling website, and indeed the UM websites, state that she practises at the Universal Medicine clinic in Goonellabah. The AHPRA register also lists her primary practice in Goonellabah NSW. In fact, it’s the only listing AHPRA has.
The claim states it was settled by barrister Charles Wilson, a director of the College of UM charity, promoter of UM and member of the UM community, who apparently resides at least part time near the UM headquarters, and otherwise in Brisbane, and often hangs out with the plaintiffs, the rest of the legal team and the whole UM crew.
Anyway, my team filed a conditional notice of intention to defend including our objection to the jurisdiction of the District Court of Queensland. We contend the appropriate court is NSW District Court under Section 20 of the Service and Execution of Process Act. We also set out several irregularities in the claim, and we’re filing an application for a stay of proceedings. The plaintiffs amended the claim correcting irregularities noted, and indicated they will oppose the application. They haven’t stated any grounds for opposing it. I’m not sure yet whether the application will go to a hearing. If it does, my solicitor will attend court. He’s an experienced media lawyer, and has succeeded with such applications in Queensland in the past. I’ll keep you updated.
It probably goes without saying, but I will defend the claim – in full. And any others. Most importantly it will not disrupt the Benhayon defence one bit. As always I contend I have legal justifications for everything I’ve published. A strategy is in place to defend this and any new claims. I’m still fundraising, but at this stage I don’t expect the claim will make an enormous difference to the budget. I’m still expecting to stay within or reasonably close to the original fundraising goal, my legal team is being cooperative in that respect, and it helps that we will be able to use a good portion of the Benhayon defence that’s already been written and particularised to defend the new claim.
There will be legal defence updates in the next weeks, seeing Benhayon v Rockett has its next listed hearing on February 3rd. It’s just a minor procedural hearing to set a timetable for for the next stages in the paperwork, so don’t get excited. I’ll update on the new Karam Raphael claim when we know more.
Either way, in the unlikely event either were to win, as well as receive an award of costs, they won’t get anything out of me. I’ve got nothing. And in the new case, they’d only succeed in having six long lost tweets taken down, after a close examination by the court of their reputations and conduct, and all the accompanying paperwork. Open to any media or members of the public that show up.
Selling Esoteric palliative care
A lot of you remember December 2015, the judge in the McIntyre v O’Regan family provision case handed down his ruling and the McIntyres learned a multimillionaire would be the beneficiary of the majority of their mother’s estate. On Christmas eve.
On December 22, on the anniversary of that judgment, two and half years after Ms McIntyre’s departure, and nearly a full year since any media coverage, Rebecca Asquith published a post on the Universal Medicine Facts website titled, ‘A new model of palliative care and the posthumous press abuse of Judith McIntyre‘. Delivered with a curious mix of photo testimonials, death bed videography and lines like:
She had been at the centre of supporting a community model of palliative care with the potential not only to save future governments millions in health care costs but also to bring communities together and demystify one of the greatest taboos of our culture – the process of Death and Dying.
...as Serge Benhayon would say, nothing is nothing and everything is everything. And it is always from the small moments that the major ones unfold…
Cannibalising their self-created villain narrative about Serge Benhayon, and informed by an entrenched misogyny, it was clear that to the media, it was impossible that Judith McIntyre could be considered her own woman.
UM employees Asquith and her brother Jonathan Baldwin, were part of the team that filmed a video testimonial from Ms McIntyre a few weeks before she died, and around the time she changed her will. The video is posted in the blog. I’ll only watch it if my legal team decides to use it. Apparently Jonny Baldwin and the ‘Co-creative’ (UM’s AV team) has had it up on their Vimeo channel since 2014.
The article has quotes from Ms McIntyre’s Universal Medicine carers, including Esoteric Breast Massage practitioner and palliative care nurse, Elizabeth Dolan, and Judith’s financial advisor Christoph Schnelle, talking up ‘this kind of model of community based palliative care’. There’s a testimonial from lawyer and director of several Benhayon companies, Serryn O’Regan, who was the executor of the will.
In the months before her death she made a bequest of $800,000 to be put towards the completion of The Hall of Ageless Wisdom at Wollongbar, which today is utilised by hundreds of people each year to study and learn about the teachings that she held so dear.
When she passed over she left Serge Benhayon a large portion of her estate in the understanding that he would responsibly use it to support others…
The blog doesn’t specify how those will proceeds have been or will be used.
Portions of Judith’s son and daughter’s evidence are quoted in the McIntyre v O’Regan judgement. Both are working class people with dependents, living in Sydney. They didn’t have an in house legal team at their disposal, and were compelled to mount the claim with severely limited funds. It appears they hadn’t foreseen the need to contest their inheritance.
From the judgment:
The Deceased made a will on 3 May 2014, a little over a month before she died. Under the will, the Deceased left to: (a) Sarah, a plaster sculpture, half of her personal effects and $250,000;(b) Seth, half of her personal effects and $190,000; (c) Ms Ingrid Langenbruch, her household contents (not including personal effects) and the right to use her car for one year from the date of her death; (d) the residue to Mr Serge Benhayon…
On 7 May 2014, the Deceased paid Mr Benhayon an amount of $800,000 which Mr Benhayon used to make improvements to a teaching auditorium on a property he owns at Wollongbar, between Lismore and Ballina…
Similarly, in final submissions, Mr Morrissey handed up what he described as a “wheel of persons related to Universal Medicine”. This document sought to depict the large number of people, associated with Universal Medicine who played a role in the Deceased’s life in the period before her death (including her nurse, financial planner, executor, the witness to her will, the solicitor who drafted the will, the creator of a video made of the Deceased very shortly before she died, and counsel originally briefed to appear for the estate in these proceedings)…
As Mr Morrissey pointed out, in October 2013, at a time when the Deceased had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and when she had only nine months to live, she had assets in the order of $2.2 to $2.3 million.
Between October 2013 and May 2014, the Deceased made the payments to which I have referred in respect of the Goonellabah property, and in May 2014 she gave $800,000 to Mr Benhayon.
…in re-examination, Sarah said that when she told the Deceased that she would not challenge her will, she did not know the size of the Deceased’s estate. Nor did she know of the gift the Deceased had made to Mr Benhayon of $800,000 or the money that the Deceased had used to purchase the Goonellabah property. McIntyre v O’Regan judgment
On the anniversary of that judgment, two days before Christmas, the UM Facts Team, no doubt under under the guidance of ‘counsel originally briefed to appear for the estate in these proceedings’, barrister and UM Facts Team champion Charles Wilson, chose to use the deceased’s image for a promo piece, and publish this about her family. A ringing endorsement of the UM community, and esoteric love and truth:
Only a year after her death, they broke their promise to their mother and contested the will in court. Their demands read like a Christmas shopping list of what they wanted from the woman who could no longer tell them no.
The blurb ends with a testimonial from Ingrid, Ms McIntyre’s friend, who also benefited from Ms McIntyre’s estate, inheriting her half of the house they’d bought together. The blog announces Ingrid now has terminal cancer, and that she:
is today still living in the house they bought together. She remains committed to its purpose that when she has also passed over the house will become a dedicated palliative care home for the benefit of others, as they had always planned…
For more posthumous promotion of Universal Medicine’s family values and ‘new model of palliative care’.
Asquith on the set of Serge TV
The Girl to Woman Festival
Asquith was one of the UM role models presenting at last weekend’s Girl to Woman Festival. Lismore’s Northern Star promoted the thing again – third year running – with no disclosure of the event’s backing. (The Northern Star also employs Hamish Broome, husband of UM promoter, Sarah Davis.) Part of the promo was Asquith’s article ‘Keeping kids safe on social media‘, with warnings about paedophiles:
On the surface, Musical.ly is an app in which users can make short videos of themselves lip syncing to the latest pop songs to share with their friends.
What many parents don’t realise is that it is not only friends who are viewing their children’s videos; Northern Star
That preceded an invite to the ‘festival’ where she was to present her session ‘Social Media, Media and the Pressures on Young People‘. Last year the activities included makeovers. For tots. Promptly photographed and posted online. (Pixelation mine.)
Plus photo ops for primary schoolers to promote UM’s extinct in house ‘sexual education’ initiative ‘for youth’.
This year had more of the same – promotional photo ops of the girls, with their exquisite maquillage, singing and dancing onstage to push Natalie Benhayon’s ‘True Movement’ business – all disseminated on social media. The girls only had to pay $15 a head. At least they got to learn about ’empowerment’ with classes in plastic beading, nail painting and making perfumed body cream, before having their images used.
Asquith recently wrote an article ‘The sexual objectification of women by women‘. I haven’t read it. And she sagely tweeted another cautionary, an ABC News article on the dangers of posting images of kids online.
— rebecca asquith (@bec_asquith) January 3, 2017
Or other people’s. Hm, Bec?