Craig Wright, a self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin (BTC), continues to file new defamation cases against alleged competitors, despite the fact that none of his previous attempts were successful.
On August 25, Wright filed a defamation suit against industry pioneer Roger Vera in the High Court of Antigua and Barbuda, and a spokesman for Wright confirmed to the Cointelegraph on August 31. The lawsuit was filed in Vere on August 28.
According to an official defamation case received by the business publication CoinGeek, Wright is suing Vera to publicly declare that Wright is not the real Satoshi Nakamoto – the creator of the unknown Bitcoin. The court document specifically refers to a video message that Vera sent to Wright in May 2019, which states: “Craig Wright is a liar and a scammer, so sue me again.”
The document states that the new defamation case requires that Ver prevent Ver from exposing such “defamatory” accusations on platforms such as YouTube and Twitter, as well as pay compensation for the defamation. The lawsuit is basically a revised version of the previous defamation case against Vera, according to a spokesman for Wright.
Wright was reported to have previously filed a defamation suit in the High Courts of England and Wales for calling a bluff and scam video on YouTube in 2019. The video was later banned for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines, prompting Wright to file a defamation suit in May. 2019. Although the video was removed from YouTube, Vera Wright’s message is still available on his official Twitter account at the time of publication.
Subsequently, in July 2019, the High Court of England dismissed Wright’s defamation case on the grounds of jurisdiction. The Court of Appeal in England and Wales also rejected Wright’s appeal, saying that the lawsuit was not a British case in May 2020.
According to the court document, it is clear that a new defamation case will have better chances in terms of jurisdiction, as both Wright and Veer are Antigua and Barbuda citizens.
According to the Cointelegraph, Wright is an Australian citizen, presumably living in London. An Australian researcher allegedly claimed to be a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, not Australia, in 2019.
Veer, a native of Saint Kitts and Nevis, appears to have acquired Antigua and Barbuda citizenship through the Citizenship Investment Program.
Veer told the Cointelegraph that he was optimistic about the likely outcome:
The last time Craig sued, he lost and had to pay me six figures. I expect it to be the same again this time.