UPDATE: Former publisher has hijacked WEHOville Facebook site
WEHOville’s editorial workforce was minimize off from the formal WEHOville Facebook site following previous publisher Henry “Hank” Scott admittedly utilised his backdoor entry to change options and take out site supervisors. This follows a months-prolonged endeavor to disrupt WEHOville’s content output and damage its track record.
Previous publisher has been hoping to sabotage WEHOville
Boystown Media Inc, the owner of WEHOville, has issued a cease and desist need letter to Henry Scott.
WEHOville was founded by Henry “Hank” Scott in 2011. Mr. Scott bought the publication to KF Media at the close of October 2020. Boystown Media purchased the asset of WEHOville from KF Media in April of 2021.
Henry Scott continues to keep command around the WEHOville Facebook website page as its Business Supervisor. WEHOville is however equipped to post at the behest of Mr. Scott but he retains control regardless of owning offered the property and no lengthier having rights above the domain. Given that the order of WEHOville by Boystown Media, Mr. Scott has interfered in the small business operations on various occasions.
Boystown Media has retained area lawyer Justin Sobodash to pursue statements from Scott. In the stop and desist need letter, sent electronically on June 28th 2021, Sobodash wrote: “In breach of contractual obligations, You have fraudulently represented to Facebook and Instagram that the functioning entity of WEHOville’s social media web pages is the cancelled entity WHMC LLC. You have utilised Your helpful regulate of the WEHOville Facebook web site to have interaction in a campaign of defamatory, tortious, and unlawful posts which have very seriously wounded the promotion revenues of WEHOville.com.”
Scott has falsely represented himself as the “WEHOville community editor,” and has utilized the WEHOville Fb web page to disrupt the enterprise and operations of WEHOville.
In a further instance, Scott posted an inflammatory video clip on the WEHOville Fb web page and claimed it was posted by the “current administrator.” The metadata reveals Scott posted the video himself. He then threatened to take out all obtain to the facebook website page if the write-up was not removed.
On quite a few other occasions Scott has posted less than the WEHOville identify on its Fb page and then shared to the West Hollywood team board on Facebook. Inquiries to Fb have been returned with the reply that “Facebook does not get involved in third celebration disputes.”
Down below Henry Scott posted a denial that he posted a movie on unisex bogs that was offensive to some in the trans-community. Henry told Lisa Belsanti, Communication Director of the City of West Hollywood that Block posted the movie but the evidence is in the meta-knowledge.
WHMC, West Hollywood Media Corp, was owned by Henry Scott and Doug Stichler. Scott owned 75% and Stichler 25%. Upon the sale of WEHOville to KF Media, Mr. Scott remaining city and his companion gained almost nothing of his share of the sale.
In addition Scott remaining guiding a range of difficulties confronting the new management. Amongst them are unpaid distributors that incorporate the California Information Publishers Affiliation. Irrespective of the new entity, Boystown Media founding in 2021, unpaid invoices in 2019 from WHMC, and Henry Scott preclude WEHOville from taking part in the California News Publishers Association right up until settled. Block is negotiating the previous because of money owed.
Block describes the scenario in easy phrases: “It is like a male who sells his automobile and retains a crucial, the car will get re-bought and the original owner thinks he has a correct to push the motor vehicle or inform the new operator where by to go.” “I’ve made available Henry revenue on best of what we compensated KF Media but he does not reply at all.
‘We under no circumstances experienced a fight or argument or terms, I wanted him to operate with us and he despatched a agreement that was lopsided. So, I requested James if we really should signal it and James replied ‘I never want a father figure’ and a number of days afterwards by no means read from any 1 of them yet again. We experienced to select up the items and move forward. The door has constantly been open to James.”
Service by using FedEx at Scott’s New York condominium at xx Delancey Street, Unit xxx was returned as ‘no for a longer period at this address’. Scott has not replied to the Digital Files served and seems to have moved all over again or is hiding or from assistance.
Scott is at the moment acting as a advisor underneath the organization name Media Maven LLC. — but, “Can you envision hiring a specialist like Henry Scott who keeps a essential to the function following he sold it and attempts to demolish it?”. Block goes on to say, ‘ I can explain to you a single point for positive, he didn’t check out to help or manual us”.
Boystown Media/WEHOville will experience a selection of choices likely ahead. They can continue on to go after Scott for damages, together with punitive damages or begin a new Facebook and Instagram web site and commence from the commencing. WEHOville Fb webpage is adopted by just shy of 9,000 users.
In the earlier mentioned publish Scott attacks Tony Castro, who experienced just begun functioning at WEHOville as an editor disavowing Tony’s character for some time put in in prison above 20 many years in the past on a white collar challenge. Scott also attacked Anthony Vulin for his contribution to WEHOville and previous Council member John Duran for his potential to discuss in WEHOville. Although Scott talks about ‘ethics’ in his attacks on Duran, Castro and Vulin, Mr. Scott is performing so without the need of regard for his own unethical behavior. Scott has experienced earlier brushes with the legislation which include his personal quick time in jail. In his op-ed written on February 17, 2015 titled “Handcuffed and Locked Up” Scott’s belligerence is obvious and he was put in jail for “resisting arrest.”
Publishers Notice: California legislation calls for complete disclosure of all recognized challenges and problems prior to a transfer of serious residence passions. In the upcoming handful of weeks Boystown Media/WEHOville will be growing its ownership foundation and board of administrators.