You may recall that part of the settlement agreement to the Harlan Ellison/Gary Groth lawsuit involved Ellison posting to his website a 500-word statement from Groth. Or, to be more specific:
Plaintiff shall permit Defendants to post a statement not to exceed 500 words on Plaintiff’s web site www.harlanellison.com for a period of 30 days, commencing within 5 business days of the execution of this Agreement, for the purpose of rebutting statements made by Plaintiff that accused Mr. Groth of embezzling funds in the Fleisher litigation and soliciting contributions to the Fantagraphics Defense Fund under false pretenses, and that likened Mr. Groth to a child molester (the “Defendants’ Rebuttal Statement”). … Plaintiff shall ensure that the Defendants’ Rebuttal Statement is posted in its entirety on his web site, and shall not edit or otherwise alter the content of the Defendants’ Rebuttal Statement.
This morning Dirk pointed out that Groth’s statement was available in the latest version of the settlement agreement that The Comics Journal has posted on its website … you can find it here under “Update 8.” After opening the PDF, scroll down to the last couple of pages to read Groth’s statement.
Fantagraphics also notes that the statement was sent to Ellison’s lawyer on Aug. 20; “… despite the fact that the Settlement Agreement stipulated that it be posted on his web site for 30 days, it has not yet been posted — two weeks later.”
UPDATE: Rich Johnston posted Ellison’s response to why Groth’s rebuttal hasn’t been posted on his website yet in our comments section.