ZIMMERMAN v. AL JAZEERA AMERICA, LLC et al
COMPLAINT against All Defendants with Jury Demand ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0090-4367715) filed by Ryan C Zimmerman. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit, # 8 Exhibit, # 9 Exhibit, # 10 Exhibit, # 11 Exhibit, # 12 Exhibit, # 13 Exhibit, # 14 Exhibit, # 15 Exhibit, # 16 Exhibit, # 17 Exhibit, # 18 Exhibit, # 19 Exhibit, # 20 Exhibit, # 21 Exhibit, # 22 Civil Cover Sheet, # 23 Summons, # 24 Summons, # 25 Summons)(Lerner, Scott)
Saturday, December 26, 2015 2:49 PM
Tariq Al Abdulla; Kevin Reed; William Burck
Zimmerman Letter to DWT, 12-26-2015
12.26.15 Burck to Corn_Revere _ Zimmerman.pdf; ATT00001.txt
Please see the attached letter. We understand from promotions your client has run that the story containing the false
and defamatory statements about our client will be broadcast tomorrow, Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 9pm ET. We
request that you inform us before broadcast of your client's intentions as to whether it will run these statements or
otherwise identify our client in connection with the false allegations we understand will be part of your client's story.
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WRITER'S DIRECT DIAL NO.
WRITER'S INTERNET ADDRESS
December 26, 2015
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20006-3401
Dear Mr. Corn-Revere:
Further to our letter of December 23, 2015 on behalf of our client Ryan Zimmerman, we now
understand that Al Jazeera’s false and defamatory putative story alleging that Mr. Zimmerman
has used performance enhancing drugs is premised on statements by Charles Sly that were
relayed to Al Jazeera by Liam Collins. We are further aware that Mr. Sly has unequivocally
advised both you and Deborah Davies in writing that these purported statements are false. Public
sources available to Al Jazeera also make clear that Mr. Collins is a known fraudster, who is
currently under a 14-year ban imposed by the United Kingdom’s Financial Services Agency (the
“FSA”) from serving as a director of any business entity after the FSA found that he ran what
was in effect a Ponzi Scheme that defrauded investors. See, e.g.,
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/celebritymoney/article-2409740/Britains-Got-Talent-starLiam-Collins-handed-bankruptcy-ban-duping-investors-property-scam.html. Mr. Collins also
has a dubious history of publicity seeking, including an announced (but never consummated) bid
to purchase Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch and a campaign to join the UK Olympic
bobsledding team. Furthermore, public sources in the UK reported that, post-multi-million
dollar bankruptcy, he has even “busked” in Glasgow dressed in an Iron Man costume,
purportedly to fund his wedding. See, e.g.,
There can be no conclusion but that the sources for Al Jazeera’s statements regarding Mr.
Zimmerman’s alleged use of performance enhancing drugs are patently unreliable. Moreover,
we have no doubt that Al Jazeera is well aware that its sources are untrustworthy and fallacious;
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indeed, Mr. Sly has explicitly disavowed his statements, which we understand were
surreptitiously recorded by Mr. Collins. Al Jazeera’s reliance on such sources, and its publication
of false and defamatory statements based thereon, would constitute malice. See, e.g., Biro v.
Conde Nast, ___ F. 3d. ___, 2015 WL 8103736, at *4 (2d Cir. Dec. 8, 2015) (reliance on
unreliable sources supports an inference of malice); Makaeff v. Trump University, LLC, 26 F.
Supp.3d 1002, 1008 (S.D. Cal. 2014) (same).
We, again, demand that Al Jazeera immediately cease and desist from making false, injurious
and defamatory statements regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s alleged use of performance enhancing
drugs. We further request that you confirm you are authorized to accept service of process on
behalf of Al Jazeera, Deborah Davies, and Mr. Collins, in the event that Al Jazeera proceeds with
publication of these statements, despite its knowledge of their falsity. If you are not authorized to
accept service on behalf of Ms. Davies or Mr. Collins, please provide us with the names and
contact information of their attorneys as soon as possible.
Mr. Zimmerman expressly reserves, and does not waive, any and all rights and remedies.
/s/ William A. Burck
William A. Burck
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