Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Take a deep breath...

My first 500 words about this mess were out of anger.

Now...  I've erased all of that.  My next words are out of disappointment and sorrow.

My name is being slandered by the webmaster/admin at Karishamodel.com .   He doesn't call me by name.  But any fan of hers knows exactly who he is slandering.

He calls me a stalker.  Makes silly accusations about how I conducted my business with Karina.  Lies about having a lawyer who is "looking into" my business with Karina.

I know he is lying because I know the law.  And... I know lawyers.  But mostly I know he is lying because there is no cause for a lawyer. (Though I may have cause for one NOW!)

KarishaModel.com launched on December 15.  The index's were open.  Links were broken and they did not employ a secure server to protect their images.

This is webmaster 101 stuff.  Basically for two days anyone could download every photo for free.

Karisha was forced by her contract with "The Admin" not to speak to me.  Why?  Because I had the audacity to forgive her for her unprofessional behavior, offer to give her everything she asks in return for the opportunity to sit down work out our problems and miscommunications.  In other words I was his competition. A threat.  I had to be disposed of.

Karisha was forced to lock me out of her VK page.  But, she and I still have two means of communication.
As soon as I was alerted by a fan that Karisha's website was giving away her work for free because of the index and unsecure website... I contacted her.  Within minutes.  What's more... I contacted others who might contact her for me via VK.  I will provide links, screenshots and proof to all of this later.  I didn't contact her to harass or stalk her.  I contacted her to say... "you are giving away your hard work for FREE!"

The Admin is seriously threatened by me.  He has appointed himself "White Knight" over Karisha.  According to him, with the blessing of her mother.

I have proof that Karina's mother was involved in every aspect of the work Karisha and I produced.

I have proof that I tried on many, many occasions to remedy any misunderstanding.

I have proof that Karisha contacted me, asked for a final lump sum payment in lieu of any future financial consideration.  (That I paid.)

I have proof that I gave Karisha and her mother everything they ever asked for.

I have proof that Karisha and her mother delayed the website unprofessionally and then demanded I pay them before the website was even launched.

... and most damning...  I have proof that her new website was well under construction and planning while Karisha and her mother negotiated with me in "bad faith" about the website I spent thousands of dollars creating for her.  (aka... they lied to me.)

Until now I have not said anything specific or publicly about this situation.  And... I never would have.  Despite Karisha's behavior I know that her attitudes and actions are directed behind the scenes.  I'm sure she will grow up eventually.  And, likely see the error of her ways.

I'm an old softy.  And... and I am way too nice.

Well... "nice" has a limit.  And that limit is when my reputation that I spent 15+ years building is attacked.

I'm not going to just use words like the Admin at KarishaModels is using.  I'm going to show you actual proof.  They have forced my hand.  In the coming days I will provide the messages that show all of this.

Attached you will see a screen capture of Karisha's webpage.  You will see the lies.  And... if you can be honest with yourself... you can also see the desperation in what the admin, who orchestrates this mess, writes to cover his own ass.

I take NO pleasure in this.  Stay tuned for the truth.  A truth that you don't have to trust anyone to believe.  A truth you can see with your own eyes.

Finally... I have a message to Andy.  If what you say is true.  If I did not have the permission and participation of Karisha's mom... assuming you are 100% right. (the proof is otherwise)
What does this say about Karisha as a person?  It says she lied to me.  It says she negotiated in bad faith.  It says she created an elaborate fiction, including fake phone calls on her mobile.  It says she endangered the careers of myself, another model and a make up artist in Odessa when we last worked.  It says she is not to be trusted.

Now... none of this is true. Karisha's mom was fully aware.  But Andy... this is what you are willing to trade... Karisha's reputation in exchange for you being the White Knight.  You need to quietly go away.
Because if you don't... the email you sent to my payment processors trying to ruin my name and credit might find its way to MY lawyer along with all your attempts to do harm to me.  Because I am the one with the proof and truth on my side. (Send THAT to you "lawyer".)


  1. OK, well I just wrote a beautiful 3 page response but I couldn't resist the temptation you offered, so I copied everything to my attorney your review before I send my most awesome response. Thanx

  2. My Attorney has another option, it will take a couple days to run through. The more you write now, the more fun it will be.

  3. Keep digging that hole.

    It's called libel. I look forward to hearing from your lawyer.

  4. Yes you will, has your address changed since October when you gave it to me?

  5. Benjamin this is going to be quite interesting I have to say! By the way, you are far from a lame photographer!! Personally I love your work and think it's some of the best I've seen in a while!!!

  6. Thanks... The outpouring of support has been great. I am truly humbled.