Edit: Turns out the condo which Cernovich listed as his contact address for all your lawyerin’ needs is actually his home. In the interest of protecting him from being torn apart by roving packs of SJWs, I’ve removed the photo of it which I originally included in this article.
Nearly three months after Eron Gjoni kicked off the poorly organized hate mob known as #gamergate, the battle rages on. Two other high-profile women in the gaming industry have been driven from their homes as a result of #gamergate-mediated harassment; experiments I performed Sunday on Twitter during a train ride north have shown the Animu Avatar Brigade to be alive and kicking.
But #Gamergate hasn’t moved on from harassing Zoe Quinn, lady game dev; even as Quinn takes legal action to be left the fuck alone & in peace. Her embittered ex, Eron Gjoni (who’s been featured in this space four times now) is largely sidelined due to the gag order, but someone else has taken his place: semi-professional lawyer and full-time Peter Fox facsimile Mike Cernovich. Today, I’m going to examine the relationship between Cernovich, Gjoni, and #GamerGate in order to build a dossier about this Internet lawyer guy.
This heavy-liftin’, ‘roid-raging, “alpha male posturing” Venice, CA attorney evidently doesn’t have enough clients to pay the bills, so he makes his daily bread by selling “fitness juice” to gullible idiots who want to raise their testosterone points to over 9000. I say he’s doing this to make ends meet because Cernovich’s contact address on avvo.com is the third unit in a four-unit condo; and it belongs to someone else. (Edit: Turns out it’s Cernovich’s current residence; probably a rental. – ID.)
He recieved his licence to practice law in 2013, and has suspended operations “for the year” to focus on his current website. Given the arithmetic it would seem he’s actively practiced law for either one year, or not at all post graduation.
Cernovich has been blogging about men’s rights issues and bodybuilding since he was in law school. On that blog, Crime and Federalism, Cernovich talks about Roosh V. at length, and of how he preserves his youth with testosterone injections (obtained by a doctor’s RX, though “90%” won’t prescribe it, Cernovich writes.) He hasn’t really written about legal anything since 2012; when I found this posting about a much more established & successful lady lawyer. In it Cernovich describes her professional life in graphically sexual terms; so that this “almost intimidating figure” is reduced to a prostitute metaphorically.
I can’t imagine why the courts don’t take this lawyer seriously. He also claims to have been “falsely accused of rape” in his website bio and to have defended the charges in court. His Twitter acct covers charming topics, like how to get away with murder, or how rape w/o force is not rape; he then donates to charities so as to seem like a nice guy.
Cernovich seems to be selling these #GamerGaters on his law degree to get a ticket to internet fame; or infamy. He even stated outright he hasn’t any interest in gaming or video games per se; the only shared interest between Cernovich and #Gamergate in general is a reactionary hatred of anything “SJW”.
But for the fact that #GamerGate is a trendy topic/ wannabe army of NEETs (like in Eden of the East) Cernovich probably wouldn’t want anything with them. #GamerGaters as I’ve spoken to them seem like the kind of folks who Cernovich would mock for being weak lazy betas; #Gamergaters seem to like anime, video games, and Vivian James; not bodybuilding and anabolic steroid (ab)use.
According to Cernovich, his “past is full of nonsense”; he’s “moving forward” from the statements he made as recently as August; although he has “No Remorse.” Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, Gamergaters; Mike Cernovich is a real actual lawyer with a degree and he knows his shit! His legal inexperience and Social Darwinst ideas about crime should be a selling point; this is a man who can see the issue from all sides. Even a rapist’s side, because he was accused of that once. Call him for every restraining order you find filed against you in California. Eron Gjoni certainly seems to be in contact with him; he even said “they’d share a beer” should he go to MA.
Cernovich claims to have in his possession a police report filed by Quinn, and posted a sliver of a court document around midnight of Oct 19. Zoe Quinn contacted me yesterday morning about the document and confirmed its authenticity. Cernovich has tweeted that he wouldn’t post dox, although he totally could and says it would be legal. But if I were Quinn I would take that as a warning.
But how did Cernovich know which court to check for these records? I searched for the same information on Oct 1 and came up with nil; and none of the average Joes in #GG knew anything more at that time either; this wasn’t common knowledge. The whole reason I started covering this was because Gjoni seemed to be raising money for a phantom purpose. Even after Eron’s anonymous friend posted an eyewitness account on Reddit, the court has only ever been identified as being in Massachusetts someplace. I asked Cernovich how he figured this out on Twitter, but he did not respond to my inquiry.
Cernovich has two things working for him here help him to violate Zoe Quinn’s privacy. Firstly, these are public documents; albeit obscure ones which cost money to obtain. Second is that he’s not the accused party here, he’s an attorney; albeit an inexperienced and out-of-practice one. His First Amendment rights argument is incorrect I think; Gjoni’s right to freedom of expression is limited here because it infringes on Quinn’s right to live her life without being pilloried, threatened, harassed, libelled, and driven from her home. It’s called incitement; and if Gjoni “tried” to draw an appropriate line w/r/t how much is too much in his writings, he missed it by a country mile with thezoepost. And in defending Gjoni like this on Twitter, Cernovich is harassing Zoe Quinn himself.
More on Cernovich as he continues to chest-thump on the internet, the “testosterone replacement therapy” working on him so he’ll be the human equivalent of a silverback gorilla, which he’s taken on as an emblem for his current website. Did you know that gorillas have really tiny penises (3 cm)? It’s true. It makes me wonder if Cernovich himself is compensating for something.
Reported for doxxing.
Thanks. After consulting an actual journalist I’ve removed the offending photograph. – ID
You know who he looks like in that weightlifting video? Screech, from “Saved by the Bell.”
To be fair, public figures do not have libel protection. He does have a first amendment right to post what he wants about her, whatever you may think about what he’s posting
So too do I. Unless you think Cernovich’s lawyering credentials aren’t germane to a discussion about his involvement with #Gamergate.
A lot of people are saying your doxing, but the way the article is written (“Cernovich’s contact address on avvo.com is the third unit in a four-unit condo; and it belongs to someone else”) makes it sound like the address has no relation to him at all. Can you please clarify?
I checked property records for this address and the house doesn’t seem to belong to Cernovich. When I posted the article I wasn’t sure whether it was a leased residence, former residence, friend’s house, w/e. I half expected to check on street view and find a Taco Bell.
>To be fair, public figures do not have libel protection.
==This is patently untrue.==
What Is Libel?
Libel is published defamation of character, as opposed to spoken defamation of character, which is slander.
Exposes a person to hatred, shame, disgrace, contempt or ridicule.
Injures a person’s reputation or causes the person to be shunned or avoided.
Injures the person in his or her occupation.
Examples might include accusing someone of having committed a heinous crime, or of having a disease that might cause them to be shunned.
Two other important points:
Libel is by definition false. Anything that is provably true cannot be libelous.
“Published” in this context simply means that the libelous statement is communicated to someone other than the person being libeled. That can mean anything from an article that’s photocopied and distributed to just a few people to a story that appears in a newspaper with millions of subscribers.
Public Officials vs. Private Individuals
In order to win a libel lawsuit, private individuals need only prove that an article about them was libelous, and that it was published.
But public officials – people who work in government at the local, state or federal level – have a tougher time winning libel lawsuits than private individuals.
Public officials must not only prove that an article was libelous and that it was published; they must also prove it was published with something called “actual malice.”
Actual malice means that:
The story was published with the knowledge that it was false.
The story was published with reckless disregard of whether or not it was false.
Hi. While I believe Cernovich is a total shitbag, I think putting his work address and pictures of it here is really bad form, besides being possibly dangerous to him.
Would you mind removing that part of your post?
Agreed. The blog post stands fine w/o needing to post details about where he lives, and it sets a bad precedent.
After sleeping on it & checking with a real jorunalist I agree with you. It’s newsworthy that Cernovich’s buisiness address is actually a private one, but posting the image from Street View was probably too much.
Another anti Gamer Gate person doxxing people. Are you the same one that doxxed Boogie2988? Or a different Doxxer?
Oh, but it was found on the internet! Just like SAd nude pictures.. both are wrong.
You’ve gone #FullMcintosh here.
I love your blog. I’ve been a regular reader since I noticed you at WHtM.
I thought you might be interested to know that in the comment section of the latest Gawker article about Gamergate someone mentioned Mike Cernovich has been organizing the letter writing campaigns to advertisers from Roosh’s forum. I’m sure there are other foci of organization as well, but that’s probably a pretty active one. If Roosh and his supporters have proven one thing it’s that they are willing to bloviate endlessly to anyone who will listen about how masculinity is under siege in the Decadent West. As you no doubt know, GG had some success getting Mercedes to pull their ads from Gawker. It cracks me up that Mercedes actually put any credence in what these guys wrote to them, because if any of Roosh’s regulars are in the market for a new Mercedes I’ll eat my hat.
Keep writing the good stuff.
That’s what we love about you SJWs: you wail about harasssment and doxing and then, without missing a beat, you harass and dox. This is why folks are beginning to recognize you as a problem in society: you have no ethical standards.
That’s what we love about you
SJWs:Gamergaters: you harass and dox; and then without missing a beat, you wail about harasssment and doxing . This is why folks are beginning to recognize you as a problem in society: you have no ethical standards.
Why did you DOXX him?
I thought we were better than them 😦
Anyone looking to employ Cernovich for legal representation would have gone through the same channels I did to get this information. It’s listed as his professional contact address on avvo.com; it’s newsworthy to know that it’s not a law office but a private residence. Still in the interest of Cernovich’s personal safety I’ve removed the photograph.
What is the source for Mike getting his law licence in 2013?
You’ve written a pathetic article.
It was bad practice to include his adress in this, it really would of been best to contact him before hand and asking if it was alright, and would suggest doing so in the future to avoid a repeated incident. That said, I’m glad to see that you have removed the photo.
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