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Coney Island co-op board brings libel suit against blogger

The president of Trump Village Section 4 claims that the website is scaring off buyers
November 16, 2014 09:41AM

A Coney Island co-op is suing a resident after she complained about the building on the web.

Igor Oberman, the co-op board president of Trump Village Section 4, filed a libel suit against Julia Bezvoleva, arguing that she was ruining his and the building’s reputations.

“Several potential employers have asked me about . . . the website,” Oberman said in an affidavit.

Bezvoleva runs TV4 United at, which covers board meetings and has been critical of Oberman.

“There is no freedom of speech, and there are no public meetings,” Bezvoleva told the Post. “When we do have them, we have lots of security guards. Sometimes police officers get invited to make sure nothing happens.” [NYP] Christopher Cameron

  • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

    It sounds like the Galaxy Towers situation a few years ago in Fort Lee New Jersey. They tried to silence the brave soul but he documented EVERYTHING.

    There’s a name for that kind of attitude – I admire it but I was raised against it as most Chinese are – this willingness to personally take on pain for the right thing and refusing to be wise and spare yourself. Like the Hagan Brothers going after the UPS stores.

    It’s amazing. Like the Italian paralegal in Queens who intervened when some Irish kid was kicking in the head of Chinese boys including the driver who got OUT of the car to help his friend and got his head bashed as a result.

    That kind of standing up and intervening is amazing because it is absolutely understandable that you would be worried about retaliation.

    (Where’s the fear of retaliation by the perpetrators?)

    Who’s paying to bring this lawsuit? Lawyers are no longer affordable. The only people who get free lawyers are rent regulated tenants even if the client makes a good living.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      It’s not enough to be well-behaved and the epitome of a clean official. There has to be offensive as defensive behavior or the bullying will never stop, the emotional and economic abuse and VIOLENCE will go on until there is nothing left.

    • Bullied and Damaged by Rent Re

      MOXIE – that’s the word for it – not exactly courage or bravery because it involves taking emotional suffering as well as physical danger

  • JEng
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    Now that there’s a lawsuit, the coop and its board will get even more publicity. What a dumb move!