Martin County judge orders Yahoo! to identify Digital Domain CEO's cyberstalker
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STUART — Yahoo! must block and turn over to police information related to the identity of an anonymous online commenter accused of cyberstalking Digital Domain Media Group's CEO and his family, a Martin County judge has ruled.
A hearing will be set once Yahoo! identifies anonymous poster "investedjp," whom Judge Sherwood Bauer in late August found guilty of cyberstalking John Textor and his family.
"I could care less about the critical comments," Textor said in a phone interview. "It was my wife and children that he was targeting.
"This is criminal stalking, and the judge agreed with us."
According to the court filing, "investedjp" began to post threatening and harassing messages toward Textor and his wife, Debbie. Comments from "investedjp" included, "NO ONE should suffer from your actions John NO ONE especially D."
The Textors' attorney, Matthew Nelles, wrote, "The Textors have been, and continue to be, victimized and illegally threatened by the John Does. This violence is alarmingly increasing on a daily basis."
The judge ordered Yahoo! to give the information to the Martin County Sheriff's Office and to remove postings to message boards by "investedjp" and any other identities, user names and IP addresses that the anonymous poster is using or will use.
The injunction remains in effect until the judge issues further orders.
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