Upon advice from my attorney, I have refrained from talking publicly about my pending defamation lawsuit against a deranged and violent Kenosha man. Since he is telling people the lawsuit was dismissed and making other false statements, it is important to set the record straight and my attorney told me this post was appropriate.
Raymond Roberts is a self-proclaimed Black Lives Matter activist. During the riots of 2020, he inserted himself into the national media. Roberts told the associated press that police in Kenosha are racist against black people. He also told the media organization that he was a data scientist. He said black people are in jeopardy of being killed in Kenosha. He told the New York Times that he was a real estate investor. He said that black people are mistreated in Kenosha County.
Roberts inserted himself into the public eye and claimed to be a prominent mover and shaker. I learned that Roberts has a very troubling and violent past:
In 2017, Roberts was arrested and charged with two felony counts of Physical Abuse of a Child – Intentionally Cause Bodily Harm. According to that criminal complaint, he was alleged to have beaten his children with a belt buckle for not doing their homework correctly. The children reported the beating hurt and left marks and bruises. Roberts plead guilty to two counts of Neglect of a Child. Because of the 2017 charges, he lost all custody and placement of both of his children that he beat.In 2012, Roberts got his first OWI conviction. In 2020, Roberts was charged and later convicted of his second OWI. This time, he was carrying a gun and charged with endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. On March 27, 2010 Roberts was arrested for Domestic Battery. In 2012, a ex-girlfriend of Roberts obtained a restraining order against Roberts.
Of course, a man who claims to be an activist and claims that police are racist, is free game for the press. I published stories about this conduct. Roberts didn’t like this at all. In fact, he had to remove himself from consideration from a local governmental commission because his nomination was sure to be voted down.
Roberts began a multi-year campaign of disseminating false information about me. I mostly ignored it -until it escalated. He started to post my home address, where my 9 and 10 (at the time) year old reside with my wife and me. Friends of his, gang members and violent thugs shared my home address also to incite violence. He then started to make claims about my children, again 9 and 10 years old at the time – and my wife. I understand that I will be the subject of criticism and even hate. I am an opinionated dude and am passionate about my work. I get it. My wife, who doesn’t particularly enjoy my website, and young children, should not live in fear because of my choice to tell people the truth about our community.
Here is what Roberts has falsely claimed about me and my family:
I am a domestic terrorist.
I am associated with a terror cell out of Michigan
I was involved in the attempted kidnapping of the Michigan Governor
I have threatened to kill military veterans via phone and email
I am training my two children to become suicide bombers and blow up the school they attend
I am listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white supremacist
I use my private investigator license to attack “marginalized communities”
I ran for Alderman as a conspiracy to defund my minority district and send money to the rich areas of the city, and then later move to the rich area of the city and enjoy the fruit of my corruption
I harassed an African-American business owner
I use my private investigator license to illegally run background checks
I was hired by a man who beat his wife to locate her at a confidential women’s shelter so he could
beat her again
I work as a Private Investigator in Illinois unlawfully
My wife and I are training my children to start a terror cell with our kids
I am a racist
I am a white supremacist
I am a white nationalist
Most of these statements made by Roberts were made hundreds or thousands of times on social media and verbally to others. Roberts admits this. Because of the escalation of these absolutely crazy accusations and false statements about me, I involved the police. I then decided to sue Roberts for defamation on March 4, 2022. You can read the lawsuit here – this contains most of the statements he made. In court pleadings, Roberts has even admitted to lying about some of the more outrageous claims.
Roberts’ attorney, who is likely working pro-bono, is the president of the ACLU here in Wisconsin. Roberts made a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on May 20, 2022. The judge DENIED Roberts’ motion to dismiss the case. My attorney asked the judge for partial summary judgement on June 2, 2022. This means we asked the court to side with me on some of the accusations, not a jury. The judge DENIED this motion on November 18, 2022. The judge said the jury will decide, not him. On December 16, 2022, Roberts’ attorney made a motion for partial summary judgement on three accusations: I’m racist, I’m a white supremacist, and I’m a white nationalist. The judge GRANTED, this motion today, saying that all three terms are “opinions” and thus, claims that people can’t be sued for using these terms, even if proven to be false. According to the judge’s ruling, anyone in Wisconsin can call anyone else a racist, white supremacist, or a white nationalist, and even if false, can’t be the subject of a defamation lawsuit. Of course my attorney and I disagree, and we are considering an appeal.
The judge then sent this case to a jury trial that will occur in the week of July 10 of this year. That’s the story. My lawsuit will be decided in Kenosha County by a jury of Roberts’ peers. All of the Kenosha judges have recused themselves, so a Walworth judge will preside. So when Roberts tells people “the lawsuit was dismissed,” he is simply lying. Anyone with a computer can look it up on CCAP and see for themselves. The lawsuit is very much NOT dismissed. I look forward to my day in court – to hold Roberts accountable for his terrible behavior.