Since my last update:
1. The LPF retracted last year’s censure of Augustus Invictus. The new press release reads:
Statement Regarding Augustus Sol Invictus
The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has conducted a review of a press release regarding Augustus Sol Invictus that was published on October 5th, 2015, and has concluded that it exceeded the mandate of the executive committee as discussed in its monthly meeting on October 4th, 2015.
The LPF, in accordance, has withdrawn this press release. Further, two items regarding “eugenics” and “state-sponsored murder” are mentioned in the press release. For example, “unwillingness to reject eugenics”, “call for eugenics”, and so forth.
Upon review of current information, the LPF concluded that Mr. Invictus, has on at least one occasion before the press release and several times after, disavowed government eugenics programs. And the item of “state-sponsored murder” is ambiguous.
Finally, the LPF would like to note that Mr. Invictus has always been a member in good standing, is a past Chair of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, a sponsor of the 2016 and 2017 LPF State Conventions, as well as a dedicated volunteer on the Legislative Review Committee.
Char-Lez Braden, Chairman of the LPF
Sole LPF executive committee dissenter, Paul Stanton, who defeated Invictus for the party’s US Senate nomination last year by a 74%-26% margin, responded via facebook:
One would think that issuing a positive press release about a neo-nazi (who’s calling for violence against Muslims) would be a poor idea, especially when he’s in the news for allegations of rape and domestic violence – and during an escalation of the war in Syria.
Some members of the Florida LP as well as some party officers from other states around the nation are now calling for wholesale replacement of the Florida LP exec comm at the state convention May 5-7 or disaffiliation of the Florida chapter by the Libertarian National Committee. According to one commenter from Nevada, that state affiliate will ask the national organization to disaffiliate Florida as soon as next week’s LNC meeting in Pittsburgh. Andy Craig of Wisconsin writes:
Utterly and completely shameful. I fully support disaffiliating the Florida party unless and until their catering to Fascists is overturned.
2. Augustus Invictus has outed the alleged victim as his ex-fiancee Victoria Rice. Ms. Rice has been asked for comment but has not yet replied. If she does I will include it in the next update.
3. Her friend Alexandria Brown, who is crowdfunding for legal expenses in a looming legal battle with Augustus Invictus, did issue a public statement:
I have been given no reason to doubt the credibility of his former fianceé Victoria’s claims. However, I would like to be clear that the allegations about him are just that—allegations, regarding acts which I did not literally witness first-hand. I am, of course, free to report on the contents of a public record police report even if the contents turn out not to be true. We do have corroborative evidence; however, any corroborative evidence which currently exists does not include documentation of injuries, and no testimony of witnesses has yet been provided besides that of Mr. Invictus’ former fianceé. It will be possible, however, to subpoena Invictus’ ex-wife, as well as to contact Victoria’s phone carrier to attempt to recover photographs of her injuries, some of which persist to the present day—and regardless, I have no reason to believe that Victoria would misrepresent the truth.
Unfortunately, whether or not the allegations are true, Mr. Invictus has come away with the impression (or has pretended to come away with the impression) that I have helped to publish them out of a retaliatory motive. He claims that I was retaliating against him for exposing my activities as a webcam model, or for his reporting me to Social Security for fraud. This is misguided for two reasons.
Firstly, I have already been open with most of my good friends about my occupation as a webcam model: before any of these issues arose, I had just published an interview with sociology PhD candidate PJ Patella-Rey, who is writing a dissertation on sex camming. Also, Mr. Invictus has been claiming that I am a “prostitute.” I’d like to be clear that it would constitute defamation for him to say I am a prostitute, because that is not what I do—webcam modeling is legal, while prostitution is illegal. I am looking into the possibility of a countersuit for defamation on these grounds. Further, Victoria made her recorded statement to me well before Augustus had “exposed” our webcam modeling activities to her parents (an action for which she suffered no negative consequences).
Secondly, Mr. Invictus has no reason to believe I have committed Social Security fraud, unless the advice which his lawyer Mr. Michael Perenich gave me at a prior date (which I did not follow) would have constituted fraud. It is perfectly legal to work as an independent contractor and collect disability, and I have reported all of my financial information to the Social Security office. In addition, I was actually unaware of the fact that he had reported me for possible Social Security fraud until he told me in a letter from his lawyer, well after these allegations had already been made to me by his former fianceé.
I published these allegations in good faith as a domestic violence survivor myself—out of concern for the safety of Mr. Invictus’ former fianceé, and because I believed that the allegations were an important matter of public concern. I did this without any malice or desire to retaliate against Mr. Invictus, whom I have considered a very dear friend. I am frankly heartbroken about these allegations, as well as about the toll that this entire situation has taken on everyone involved. I continue to care about Mr. Invictus’ well-being, and I condemn any threats of violence which he may have endured as a result of these allegations coming to light. I would like to utterly reprove the notion that these allegations are grounds for compromising the safety and well-being of Mr. Augustus Invictus and his family; I wish him the best of luck in dealing with his clearly severe mental illness, as well as with the allegations that have arisen; I hope that he is able to take responsibility for his actions and restore stability to his life; however, I will never retract my statements and I think that the project of healing which Victoria must now undertake to move on with her life is absolutely equally or more important.
Lastly, we continue to need to raise funds as Augustus has made it clear he intends to file a lawsuit. If you can contribute to our legal fundraiser, please consider doing so today.
Thank you all for paying attention to this unfolding saga, and thank you especially for your support. I could not do this without the support of my friends and community.
4. Augustus Invictus’ close friend and LPF executive committee Ryan Ramsey, who one “Anonymous Insider” in IPR comments on the prior update says is allegedly a member of white supremacy and neo-nazi groups, published a lengthy blog post alledging a conspiracy against Invictus and his friends/followers by former LPF chair Adrian Wyllie, former LPF US Senate candidate Paul Stanton, Antifa, organizations of pedophiles, IPR owner Warren Redlich and myself (Paul Frankel).
5. While I am very tangential to this story, I will be responding to what I allege are numerous errors of fact regarding myself, Warren Redlich and IPR in this posting by Mr. Ramsey. Time and IPR guidelines about self-published editorials does not permit me to do so here but I will submit it to my fellow IPR editors later along with any statements we receive from the principals in the story in the meantime. In correspondence with Ms. Brown, she says Mr. Ramsey’s post defames her and Ms. Rice and “Victoria plans to file a second police report and seek an injunction as soon as is humanly possible.”
6. Some LPF members have told us that the reason why LPF voted to retract its condemnation of Invictus was the tens of thousands of dollars in legal retainers quoted by attorneys to defend a threatened defamation suit by Augustus Invictus, who as a public person has a high standard of proof in any potential libel litigation. However, our “anonymous insider” says there are other reasons:
Raquel Okyay, is press secretary for Invictus, and is a voting member of the LPF executive committee.
Ryan Ramsey is a close Invictus confidant and alleged member of white supremacy and neo-nazi groups. He is also a voting member of the LPF executive committee.
There other members who have close ties to Invictus, and are staunch supporters of his. The remaining members who oppose him are afraid to openly challenge him. Some have privately said they are afraid for their own safety.
Knowing that, it’s not surprising that they keep voting to appease him.
7. https://www.facebook.com/augustus.invictus.3/videos/424491321217302/ Allegedly this video contains threats against two unnamed individuals and Paul Stanton. I haven’t watched it but those of you who care to do so can confirm or deny the threats. Former LP national executive director Shane Cory says he watched the video and his assessment is “No direct threats, just hyperbolic statements.” Other opinions welcome in comments.
8. One LPF member on FB in response:
I personally know one supporter of his and I won’t publically name them or what I’ve learned of them, for safety’s sake. I will say that anyone standing up against the goat fucker is brave and better be armed. He and all of his ilk are deranged and dangerous.
April 5 at 8:19am
The video of Augustus Invictus’ appearance on the podcast “Sunshine Fascists” has been removed from YouTube, so I’m uploading it here. This video was originally uploaded to YouTube on April 3, 2017 by one of the show hosts, and was deleted on either April 4th or 5th, 2017.
Here’s here’s another mirror site to view or download the podcast: http://bit.ly/2p0UrSL
The video allegedly includes panel participants discussing killing LGBT individuals, Jews and Muslims. Invictus is no stranger to such appearances, having addressed the National Socialist Movement (of which he has allegedly been a member), numerous white nationalist radio shows and podcasts, etc.
That’s all for now…stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE Statement from Paul Stanton:
My statement is the same as its been.
No one should be surprised when someone actively calling for violence and subjugation against vulnerable people commits violence and subjugation against a vulnerable person. Those who are surprised should probably do some soul searching.
UPDATE Statement from Victoria Rice:
Thank you all for the support, I appreciate it more than words can describe. For the record the *only* reason Augustus has not been served with an injunction and the second report hasn’t been filled in the jurisdiction the events occurred is because I have spent the last 2 and a half weeks traveling for work. As soon as I return, I will be meeting with my lawyer, filling the second report and making my way down to the courthouse. What’s funny in all of this is that the people who were actually close to Augustus through out our relationship would know how controlling and manipulative he really is and how every incident he talked about, he left all the parts about what he did or said but in time that will all surface and everyone will know the kind of person he really is.
Once again, thank you for everything and I hope all of us can stand strong against him.
Let it be know that he really is not as powerful in the court system as he claims to be. So while he can be intimidating, I haven’t been overly stressed about the continuing and very unprofessional looking emails I’ve been receiving from his lawyer, and neither should any of you.