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- Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar is suing a GOP political
opposition analysis group that he alleges was conducting a smear
marketing campaign against him.
The go well with claims that the corporate, Definers Public Affairs,
has been calling up reporters and spreading lies about him such
as that he is a Russian agent or that he is made a payoff to settle
a sexual assault declare.
Pishevar, an outspoken supporter of former Uber CEO
Travis Kalanick, has just lately threatened to file a lawsuit over
a few of Uber’s selections since Kalanick left, however this lawsuit
is a totally different beast altogether.
Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, greatest recognized for backing Uber
and his position as government chairman of Hyperloop One,
filed a lawsuit late Monday night through which he claims a
firm recognized for doing GOP political opposition analysis was
conducting a “smear campaign” against him.
The firm is known as Definers Public Affairs. It
was based in 2015 by two males who labored on Mitt Romney’s
presidential marketing campaign collectively, Matt Rhoades and Joe Pounder,
each of whom Pishevar has named within the go well with as people as
nicely. The firm lately opened a Silicon Valley workplace with
the main target of serving to Valley corporations cope with issues within the
political world, regulatory points, investigations into Russia
advertisements, that type of factor.
Pishevar alleges in his go well with that Definers, and Rhoades in
specific, has been calling up reporters and spreading damaging
tales about him as a way to tempt reporters into researching
these ideas and spreading these tales.
He says that phrase of a number of the tales has gotten again to him.
Among the tales Pishevar says are being unfold about him:
calling him an agent of Russia, a supposed “incident with a
prostitute in Europe,” allegations that he settled a declare for
sexual assault in London, that he was unable to boost further
cash for his enterprise funding fund and that he had raised
cash from buyers to spend money on Uber however put it “into his personal
pockets” as an alternative.
Pishevar says within the lawsuit that all the above tales are
lies. The defamation lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior
Court, alleges that Definers is spreading such tales within the
service of Pishevar’s enterprise rivals.
‘Claims are delusional’
Definers is out there for rent to conduct analysis on enterprise
rivals in Silicon Valley, however Tim Miller, who opened the
firm’s Silicon Valley workplace, calls Pishevar’s accusations
“Mr. Pishevar’s accusations against Definers are utterly
false. His claims are delusional, we now have by no means engaged in any of
the actions he outlined on this grievance, and Definers has by no means
carried out any work almost about Mr Pishevar,” he advised Business
Perhaps the weirdest factor within the go well with, aside from the listing of
rumors that Pishevar believes are being unfold about him, is that
he mentions Uber’s head of PR Jill Hazelbaker by identify.
Hazelbaker got here to the Silicon Valley PR recreation by means of politics,
having labored on a variety of GOP political campaigns, together with
John McCain’s presidential run.
The go well with mentions that she as soon as labored with Pounder on that
marketing campaign. The point out of her identify is odd as a result of he does not
accuse her of something aside from understanding Pounds. Hazelbaker had
no remark concerning the lawsuit.
Pishevar is also referred to as an outspoken advocate for former Uber
CEO Travis Kalanick, even after he resigned. Pishevar threatened
to sue over Uber’s nonetheless in-the-works funding cope with Softbank,
which, if finalized, would
eliminate the extra voting rights of Kalanick and different early
buyers and restrict Kalanick’s affect as an Uber board member.
So far, that lawsuit has not but materialized however this one has.