(HOUSTON, Texas.) Court Report: Latest: A former Texas doctor Shafeeq Sheikh who was found guilty on Thursday of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve time in prison for his crime after jurors on Friday recommended sentencing of 10-years probation and register as a sex offender #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Shafeeq Sheikh, a former physician at Baylor College of Medicine, was sentenced to 10 years of probation on Friday and will have to register as a sex offender. A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle reported: The jurors had recommended the sentencing, to which visiting Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to the newspaper……………..Sheikh was working the night shift at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital in 2013 when a woman, previously identified as Laura, was admitted for shortness of breath and wheezing. She was in the hospital overnight and sedated when Sheikh came to her room several times during the night and sexually assaulted her #AceNewsDesk reports

Shafeeq Sheikh

The former Baylor doctor received 10 years probation for raping a patient in 2013 at Ben Taub Hospital. (Houston Police Department)

Laura said she attempted to get help from a nurse, but the call button wouldn’t work

DNA evidence was collected from a rape kit — but it took two years for charges to be filed against Sheikh. The DNA collected from the former doctor’s cheek swab match those in a rape kit……………………….Surveillance video also captured Sheikh on the floor where the woman’s room was located. He used his badge to swipe onto her floor at least 12 times that night.

“He sought her out. He chose her to prey on,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said during Friday’s sentencing. “You know he’s the type of man who would go in multiple times, testing the waters, seeing how far he could go and get back to his normal business after that.”

“You know he’s the kind man of who walked around for two years before he was charged with this… knowing what he did,” she added…………………During the trial, the doctor admitted to the sexual contact with the woman, but insisted it was consensual. His lawyers also pleaded with the jury to show some compassion to Sheikh, his wife and children, who also suffered consequences due to the 46-year-old’s actions.

The dreams of a man, the childhood dream to become a doctor, were shattered by his conduct. He destroyed his own dreams,” Sheikh’s lawyer Stanley Schneider said. “What he has done to himself and his family is punishment. They are serving his sentence with him. His children are serving his sentence with him.”

Sheikh has since left the hospital. The Texas Medical Board revoked his license in 2015 after they found he was a “continuing threat to public welfare.”

Laura, now 32, said after the sentencing that she wanted to move on from the incident. She told KHOU11 in 2015 that she believes there are other victims.

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(WASHINGTON) EXCLUSIVE: Senator Rand Paul believes that #WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be given im munity in exchange for him testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee: We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange’s protection is guaranteed,” Jennifer Robinson, a memb er of Assange’s legal team, told CNN. #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.19: Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Senator Paul asserted that Assange likely has important information about the hack and that it’s unlikely he would agree to testify without immunity #AceNewsDesk reports

“I think that he should be given immunity from prosecution in exchange for coming to the United States and testifying,” Senator Paul told the Gateway Pundit. “I think he’s been someone who has released a lot of information, and you can debate whether or not any of that has caused harm, but I think really he has information that is probably pertinent to the hacking of the Democratic emails that would be nice to hear.”

“It’s probably unlikely to happen unless he is given some type of immunity from prosecution,” Senator Paul added.

In a letter delivered to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has resided for the past six years, Committee Chairman Senator Richard Burr requested that he make himself available for a closed hearing at a “mutually agreeable time and place.”

BREAKING: US Senate Intelligence Committee calls editor @JulianAssange to testify. Letter delivered via US embassy in London. WikiLeaks’ legal team say they are “considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard”. Also: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/06/19/uk-should-reject-extraditing-julian-assange-us …

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 2:46 PM – Aug 8, 2018

BREAKING: US Senate Intelligence Committee calls editor @JulianAssange to testify. Letter delivered via US embassy in London. WikiLeaks’ legal team say they are “considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard”. Also: https://t.co/pPf0GTjTlp pic.twitter.com/TrDKkCKVBx

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 8, 2018

The committee has requested for him to appear in person, but Assange, in theory, could testify through the use of a video livestream. The only technical hinderance would be the fact that the Ecuadorian government cut off Assange’s internet and communications in March, under pressure from the US government.

“The inquiry has asked for him to appear in person at a mutually agreeable time and place. We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange’s protection is guaranteed,” Jennifer Robinson, a member of Assange’s legal team, told CNN.

Christine Assange, Julian’s mother, has a list of things that she would like to see happen before her son agrees to testify. She told the Gateway Pundit that her wishes include an end to the WikiLeaks grand jury, a dismissal of charges against all WikiLeaks staff, safe passage for him to a nation where he can receive medical care and an agreement that there will be no future US extradition requests. She would also like to see the testimony conducted publicly through Skype.

Senator Burr’s office repeatedly declined Gateway Pundit’s multiple requests for comment about the issue.

Both Senator Paul’s father Ron Paul and the senator’s Chief Strategist Doug Stafford signed an open letter published by the Gateway Pundit in April calling for Assange’s communications to be restored, for the United States to end the Grand Jury investigation into WikiLeaks, and for any charges against the publisher and all other staff members to be dropped.

Source: The Gateway Pundit: Published: Aug.15:2018

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(MELBOURNE, Australia.) Apple Servers supposed to be unable to be ‘ Hacked ‘ but a 16-year old student who dreamt of working for the company proves that to be wrong by breaking into them and downloading some 900GB of secure files, keys and granting user logins FBI and police investigated and found he had been accessing their systems for about a year #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: A schoolboy who “dreamed” of working for Apple hacked the firm’s computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised: The Children’s Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple’s mainframe — a large, powerful data processing system — from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday #AceNewsDesk reports

The boy, then aged 16, accessed the system multiple times over a year as he was a fan of Apple and had “dreamed of” working for the US firm, the newspaper said, citing his lawyer: Apple said in a statement Friday that its teams “discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement”.

The firm, which earlier this month became the first private-sector company to surpass US$1 trillion in market value, said it wanted “to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised”.

An international investigation was launched after the discovery involving the FBI and the Australian Federal Police, The Age reported.

The federal police said it could not comment on the case as it is still before the court.

The Age said police raided the boy’s home last year and found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called “hacky hack hack”.

“Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems,” a prosecutor was reported as saying.

A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized whose IP address matched those detected in the breaches, he added.

The teen has pleaded guilty and the case is due to return to court for his sentencing next month.

Well, there’s something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible: The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well

Source: Security Week: https://www.securityweek.com/ Published: Aug.16: 2018:

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(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Suspected #IslamicState Member ‘ Omar Ameen ‘ Accused of Killing Police Officer in Iraq Has Been Arrested in Sacramento On Wednesday By FBI Agents After He Was Given Refugee Sta tus Even After Authorities Were Aware He Was A Member Of Al Qaeda Before Fleeing To US #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: The United States is preparing to extradite an Iraqi refugee from California wanted in his home country in connection with an ISIS-related killing of a police officer: Omar Ameen was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento where he settled after being granted refugee status, the US Justice Department said: Authorities allege he was a member in terrorist groups al Qaeda in Iraq and ISIS before he fled to the United States #AceNewsDesk reports

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California released this image of Omar Ameen on Aug. 15, 2018.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California released this image of Omar Ameen on Aug. 15, 2018.

Ameen, who was in the process of attaining a green card, is wanted in Iraq on a murder charge: He’s accused of the 2014 killing of a police officer in the town of Rawa. An Iraqi warrant for his arrest was issued in May: Ameen, 45, made an initial appearance in court in the Eastern District of California on Wednesday. His next court date is Monday afternoon. He is being held in the Sacramento County jail.

CNN reached out to Ameen’s attorneys Wednesday night but was unable to get a comment. The Sacramento Bee reported federal defenders Benjamin Galloway and Douglas Beevers told a judge that they received the case minutes before Ameen appeared before a judge.

“He’s aware of the basic nature of the charges,” Beevers said in court, according to the Bee.

Suspected ISIS member arrested; FBI searches Sacramento apartment,” KCRA, August 15, 2018:

FBI agents searched a Sacramento apartment unit Wednesday, where a suspected ISIS member was living and was wanted in connection with the killing of an Iraqi police officer, according to court documents.

Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail. He had settled in Sacramento as a purported refugee and attempted to gain legal status in the United States, according to the Department of Justice.

According to court documents, investigators said Ameen lied on his refugee application to gain access to the Unites States.

FBI agents began showing up about 8 a.m. at the Eastern Villa Apartments on Eastern Avenue, and agents cleared the scene at about 1:30 p.m.

FBI agents, along with Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies and Metro Fire personnel, were seen going in and out of apartment No. 26 and searched several vehicles at the complex.

Agents were wearing jackets with the words “Joint Terrorism Task Force” in yellow letters on the back.

An arrest warrant was issued for Ameen on May 16 by the Baghdad Federal Al-Karkh Appellate Court after he was charged with premeditated murder, court documents show.

ISIS entered the Rawah District of Al-Anbar Province in Iraq and seized control of the district on June 21, 2014, preventing citizens from entering or exiting the district.

The following day, a four-vehicle ISIS convoy carrying several people, including Ameen, stopped at the family home of an Iraqi police officer and opened fire, documents said.

Ameen fired his weapon at the officer while the victim was on the ground, hitting him in the chest, according to court records.

Soon after, a post appeared on social media celebrating the killing: “[Today] is the day to eliminate some rotten heads. Now in Rawah, the criminal Ihsan [Adbulhafiz] has been eliminated at the hands of Mujahidin.”

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has been investigating Ameen since 2016 for suspected violations, including fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other documents….

Sources: CNN – KTLA – KCRA – Jihadi Watch – Published: August 17: 2018:

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#FacebookCensorship: So who backed down – after the English-language page of the Latin American channel Tele sur has reappeared on Facebook after two days in purgatory: The social media giant has offered no explanation for the move that sparked concerns of censorship worldwide .. If your reports don’t fit Zuckerberg rules then its DELETION #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.16: The team informs me that there was instability on the platform, which caused this problem, but now everything should be in order,” Telesur quoted a support technician at Facebook as saying soon after the page was restored: Telesur’s page had disappeared Monday evening, as Facebook sent a form letter informing the network it might have violated the platform’s terms of use – without specifying which ones and how………………….“This is an alarming development in light of the recent shutting down of pages that don’t fit a mainstream narrative,” Telesur said in a statement reacting to the deletion #AceNewsDesk reports

Telesur logo. © Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFacebook’s anonymous censors take down Latin America’s Telesur, and nothing can stop them

Having been deleted on Facebook earlier this year, Telesur had been “even more careful” with its posts and broke “absolutely none” of Facebook’s terms, the network’s former director Pablo Vivanco told RT.

Telesur has broadcast worldwide in Spanish since 2005, and in English since 2014. Its Facebook page had almost 400,000 likes. The network is based in Caracas, Venezuela, and receives funding from the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Under the Trump administration, the US has taken a hard line on Venezuela, disputing the legitimacy of the country’s elections and calling President Nicolas Maduro a “dictator.”

Last week, Facebook deleted the page of Venezualanalysis, an outlet unrelated to Telesur that offered leftist commentary on Latin American affairs. Though Facebook later reinstated the page, Venezualanalysis received no apology or explanation for its removal.

In May, Facebook announced it was partnering with the Atlantic Council, a NATO-allied think-tank, to fight “emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.” The partnership has raised concerns about Facebook restricting content on the platform on the basis of political views.

Source: RT World News: Published: Aug.15:2018: Telesur page takedown: Facebook becoming ‘US govt’s censorship vehicle’

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(PENNSYLVANIA) Grand Jury Report: Says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania sh ow that more than 300 “predator priests” have been credibly accused of sexually abusi ng more than 1,000 child victims dating back to 1947 #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands,” the grand jury report says: The lengthy report, released Tuesday afternoon, investigates clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses dating back to 1947. Pennsylvania’s two other dioceses, Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, were the subjects of earlier grand jury reports, which found similarly damaging information about clergy and bishops in those dioceses #AceNewsDesk reports

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“There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale,” the grand jurors wrote in Tuesday’s report: “For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”

The Church has said that the grand jury’s inquiry dates to 1947

Court action had delayed the report’s publication. A number of individuals named in the report claimed that its findings were false or misleading, that they were denied due process of law and that its release would impair their reputations.

On July 27, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the grand jury report to be released by 2 p.m. on Aug. 14 with redactions in sections where litigation was ongoing.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro had written to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on July 25, requesting that the Pontiff direct church leaders to stop “efforts to silence the survivors.”

“A comprehensive investigation by the Office of Attorney General found widespread sexual abuse of children and a systematic coverup by leaders of the Catholic Church,” Shapiro said in his letter. “Last month I planned to release the findings of our investigation. As I prepared to do so, anonymous petitioners implicated in this report went to court to stop me and silence the victims …”

Shapiro later issued a statement welcoming the state supreme court’s decision to allow the report’s release.

“Our fear throughout this process has been that the entire grand jury report would be shelved and victims’ truth would be silenced,” Shapiro said. “Today’s order ensures that will not be the case — the redacted report on widespread sexual abuse and cover up within the Catholic Church will be released.”

“I will continue to fight to ensure every single victim is heard and every priest, bishop and church official is held accountable for their abhorrent conduct. No one victim’s truth is any less important than another and no one’s criminal conduct any less loathsome.”

Harrisburg abuse list

On Aug. 1, the leader of one of the largest Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania released a list identifying 71 priests, deacons and seminarians accused of “substantiated” sexual misconduct over the past seven decades.

Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese also issued an apology on behalf of the religious community.

“That conduct has left a legacy of pain and sorrow that is still being felt,” he wrote. “I apologize for these actions.”

While most men on the Harrisburg list are accused of sexually abusing children, others were investigated for inappropriate behavior, such as kissing or inappropriately communicating with a minor, Gainer wrote. Others were accused of viewing or possessing child pornography.

The list did not say how the diocese handled most of the accusations and did not give the men’s current whereabouts, though a few cases that were forwarded to civil authorities were more detailed.

Archbishop’s resignation

A long series of abuse allegations have rocked the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics since the scope of systemic abuse and cover-ups began emerging in 2002.

In July, Pope Francis accepted the https://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2018/07/28/vatican-city-rome-just-in-pope-francis-accepts-the-resignation-of-american-cardinal-theodore-mccarrick-who-once-led-the-archdiocese-of-washington-who-has-been-accused-of-sexual-abuse-of-a-teenage/ from the College of Cardinals, one of the church’s most powerful bodies, amid allegations of molestation and sexual misconduct. McCarrick, 88, had been a popular and politically influential leader in Washington. He maintained his innocence in June against some claims and has been unavailable to comment on others.

The sexual abuse accusations against McCarrick reveal a “grievous moral failure” within the Catholic Church, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said July 31.

“Our Church is suffering from a crisis of sexual morality,” Daniel DiNardo said. “The way forward must involve learning from past sins.”

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(NEW YORK) State Court Report: Tuesday Co-founders of Tinder and eight other former and current executives of the popular dating app are suing the service’s current owners, alleging that they manipulated the valuation of the company to deny them of billions of dollars they were owed #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.14: The suit, filed Tuesday in state court in New York, seeks at least $2 billion in damages from Match Group (MTCH) and its parent company, IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC): The plaintiffs are represented by Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn, who has represented some of the biggest companies in tech, including Facebook, Apple and Uber:The dispute centers on an analysis of Tinder done in 2017 by Wall Street banks to set a value for stock options received by Sean Rad, a Tinder co-founder, and other early employees. It also includes an allegation of sexual harassment against Tinder’s former CEO, Greg Blatt #AceNewsDesk reports

CNN has reached out to IAC, Blatt and IAC for comment multiple times, and has yet to hear back. We will update this story when or if we get one: Tinder’s value at the time was set at $3 billion, unchanged from a valuation that had been done two years earlier, despite rapid growth in revenue and subscribers. The suit charges that executives with Match and IAC deliberately manipulated the data given to the banks, overestimating expenses and underestimating potential revenue growth, in order to keep the 2017 valuation artificially low. That manipulation allegedly deprived some early Tinder employees of millions, or billions, of dollars.

David Crystal, the British linguist and academic, has calculated that there are three times more people learning English than there are native speakers of the language. Why?

“They lied about the financial performance. They manipulated financial data, and essentially stole billions of dollars by not paying us what they contractually owe us,” Rad said in an interview with CNN. “We’re here to preserve our rights and to fight for what’s right, for what was promised us.”

The suit does not offer an alternative valuation, and when asked by CNN, Rad refused to give an estimate other than to say it was “multiples” of the $3 billion figure:The suit seeks at least $2 billion in damages, and according to the suit the plaintiffs’ options accounted for more than 20% of the company. That would suggest the plaintiffs are alleging that Tinder was undervalued by at least $9 billion, putting its total value at about $12 billion.

But Match Group, which is publicly traded and includes Tinder along with other dating apps, has a market cap of only about $13.5 billion. IAC overall, which is controlled by media magnate Barry Diller and which also includes brands such as Angie’s List and The Daily Beast in addition to the services that make up Match, has a market cap of about $16 billion. The price of both stocks slumped immediately after the suit was filed.

Tinder’s success is driving much of that value. Last week, shares of Match shot up 17% in a single day and shares of IAC jumped nearly 8% after Match reported huge gains from Tinder. Revenue from Tinder alone was up 136% over the last year, coupled with an 81% increase in the number of subscribers. On an investor call about the earnings report, Match’s CFO told investors it now expects Tinder to generate $800 million in revenue this year, which he called a “phenomenal achievement.” The suit says that is 75% higher than the 2018 estimate used in the 2017 valuation.

How Tinder was created

The suit provides a fascinating look behind the scenes not only at the operations of Tinder, but also of the kinds of battles that can happen between technology innovators who create new companies and the investors who help to finance their early operations.

Tinder has helped change the way that people meet by gamifying dating. Users can swipe left on a potential date’s profile if they aren’t interested, and swipe right if they are. If both parties swipe right, it’s a match. When it was introduced, the app transformed the online dating experience and paved the way for a number of competitors that iterated on the format. Today, the company says it sees 1.6 billion swipes a day and touts a total of over 20 billion matches.

The suit claims that Rad and others created Tinder largely on their own time, and with their own money, while working on other projects at Hatch Labs, a business incubator IAC runs in New York. The suit says they were told that if Tinder was successful they would receive a “founder friendly ownership” deal and would be given a majority the company. But once Tinder proved successful, they were given options worth only about 20% of the company, according to the suit.

“By the time we had anything in contract, Tinder was already big,” Rad said. “The early team gave it their all, and they sacrificed like any founder of any company does, or early employees of any company does. They took risk. We all took risk,” Rad said.

How much is Tinder worth?

The share of the company to which the early employees are entitled is not at issue in the suit; they ultimately agreed to the roughly 20% they were given. The question in the lawsuit is the value of that stake.

According to the suit, IAC and Match installed Blatt as Tinder’s CEO ahead of the valuation process in order to paint to the banks conducting the valuation a more pessimistic view of Tinder’s growth. The suit alleges that Match and IAC downplayed the impact of significant product features that Tinder was set to introduce, like a change that allowed a wider user base, as well as Tinder Gold, a premium version of the app that significantly increased revenue.

“There was hard data that showed that these features are going to have a significant impact on the company,” Rad said. “They downplayed the importance of either one of these features even though internally everyone knew how important they were. And then weeks later to the public they are saying how these features are the cornerstone of our growth.”

According to the suit, within one week of Tinder Gold’s launch, Match’s market value increased by $1 billion.

During the valuation process, Blatt threatened other executives of Tinder who tried to share accurate information with the banks performing the valuation, according to the suit. Rad told CNN that employees were told they’d be fired if they provided the correct information.

Rad was on the board at the time, but he told CNN that he’d been pushed out of the conversations and was put in a position where he couldn’t ensure that the valuation and the information given to the banks were correct. According to the suit, Rad was banned from Tinder’s headquarters by Blatt.

“The employees were literally told, and these are my colleagues who built this company with me, were told that if they speak to me, if they provide me with the right information, they can be fired.”

Allegations of sexual harassment

The suit also alleges that, soon after he was named CEO of Tinder in late 2016, Blatt groped and sexually harassed Tinder Vice President of Marketing and Communications Rosette Pambakian at a company holiday party. The suit alleges that when Rad notified IAC officials of Blatt’s conduct, they covered it up and kept Blatt as CEO specifically because he was central to their plan to downplay the valuation. Pambakian is a plaintiff in the suit.

Rad said Pambakian told him about the incident shortly after it happened, and that when he confronted Blatt about it, the CEO threatened him. “I was told … ‘If you take me down, I’m going to take you down with me,'” he told CNN.

This is not the first time there have been allegations of sexual harassment at the executive level at Tinder.

In fact one of the plaintiffs in the suit, and a co-founder of Tinder, Justin Mateen, was accused of sexual harassment in 2014. But unlike Blatt, who stayed in his job, Mateen, an ally of Rad, was forced to quit the company and lost half of his options.

A lawsuit by the alleged victim in that case — Whitney Wolfe Herd, who went on to found Bumble — against Tinder, Match and IAC alleged that Mateen harassed her and that Rad allowed the harassment to take place. It settled without an admission of wrongdoing by any of the parties.

Asked by CNN about it, Rad said that Mateen paid the financial consequences for his actions.

“That’s not relevant to the fact that this company made promises to all the Tinder employees, including Justin, and reneged on those promises and overlooked the contracts they had with us,” Rad said.

Taking on Barry Diller

By filing this suit, the plaintiffs are taking on one of the most powerful people in the world of technology and new media. Barry Diller, 76, is chairman not only of IAC but also of Expedia, the largest online travel company in the world. Forbes estimates his net worth at $3.1 billion.

CNN has also reached out to Diller for comment about the allegations in the suit in addition to seeking comment from IAC. It has yet to hear back.

Rad said it wasn’t easy to decide to go up against Diller this way.

“No one wants to have to sue anyone,” Rad said. “Especially a large, powerful corporation. It’s terrifying.”

Asked whether he thought Diller played a role in the alleged scheme, Rad said he looked forward to the facts coming out.

“I think when you’re operating in a company for many, many years and you know, the mandate is that nothing important happens without one person knowing about it, you assume they know about everything that’s happening. Especially something as significant as this.”

CNNMoney (New York) First published August 14, 2018: 11:30 AM ET: https://cnnmon.ie/2nEYplw pic.twitter.com/dBgZQeABNR

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