Updates on prior story and discussion:
First, the official response from Team Invictus:
Orlando – Executive Members of the Libertarian Party of Florida take a step in the right direction by accepting mediation terms with Augustus Sol Invictus, Publisher of the Revolutionary Conservative.
“There was a desire of everyone to move forward,” said Invictus, who is an LPF volunteer on the Legislative Committee. “I was very happy to see the Executive Committee authorize the Chair to correct the false allegations made against me by Adrian Wyllie and others.”
In Oct. 2015, under the confines of a different committee, a Press Release was issued by the LPF condemning Invictus in error. He has been waiting for a correction of the defamatory verbiage for 18 months. Mediation and a corrected press release are expected by Friday, said Invictus.
“I think last night was a strict and total rebuke of divisive tactics and a clear message that the LPF has, save a few members, moved past the 2016 Senate race,” said Executive Committee Member Joshua Folsom.
Invictus’ former opponent, who was recently appointed to the Committee, attempted to sabotage the mediation by formal motion and confrontation. His attempts were met with zero support, said Invictus. “It was humiliating for my opponent when he lost everything.”
During and after the Senate election in Aug. 2016, his opponent continued to spread outlandish innuendo, rumor, and falsities about him, he added. “The only vote against the peaceful, reasonable solution to this longstanding problem was my former opponent, who shares Wylie’s bigoted obsession with keeping the LPF bogged down in personal hatreds.”
Defamatory strikes aimed at Invictus, not surprisingly, came the morning following the Committee meeting, he said. “This outrageous circus is naked retaliation for the fact that they are upset about the divisions in the party finally being healed.”
Folsom, who is Region Rep. Three, said he was frustrated by the reaction of the same detractors, the very next morning. “I would have hoped that the Sunday EC meeting was a clear enough signal that the LPF is tired of this mud-slinging and the timing certainly is disappointing.”
Invictus said, “It is a desperate political ploy in the wake of total defeat.”
*Official Response, Board of Directors, The Revolutionary Conservative: The absurd allegations against Augustus Sol Invictus, upon information and belief, are being made by a person who is a longtime drug addict, involved with prostitution, and a fully unreliable source.
Regarding the mediation and anticipated retraction/apology, one anonymous source on the LPF EC informed me that one of the motivating factors was that attorneys wanted a $10,000 retainer if Invictus moved ahead with his threatened lawsuit against LPF over last year’s press release.
Second, Alexandra Brown set up a crowdfunding page: “Fight the Silencing of Domestic Violence Survivors”
I am writing today to request help fighting an offensive lawsuit for defamation which I am now facing, as a result of having spoken out about prominent alt-right politician Augustus Invictus (born Austin Gillespie).Augustus Invictus became known to me in the media coverage of his campaign for U.S. Senator with the Libertarian Party in Florida in 2015. That media coverage occurred as a result of the contentious nature of his campaign, which involved the revelation of biographical material about Mr. Invictus including his calls for a civil war and his ritualistic pagan sacrifice of a goat. Mr. Invictus is a member of the alt-right community and a former member of a group called “National Socialist Movement.” I interviewed him twice when I was doing some academic research on the appropriation of Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical rhetoric by the Third Reich, and was seeking to compare Nietzsche to confirmed Nazi political philosopher, Carl Schmitt, by whom I knew Mr. Invictus was influenced. I did not at that time know the extent of his theoretical and political entanglement with fascism.
My last interview was in January of this year. Shortly after that, Mr. Invictus mysteriously cut off contact with me, after learning that I was in continued contact with his ex-fiancee, who I will call “Jane.” Jane told me, and she told the police, that she had been subjected to domestic violence. The exact details of her account and her identity cannot be shared now for legal and privacy purposes, but suffice it to say that her story is harrowing and deeply disturbing.
I published a blog post as part of my own attempt to process these allegations about Augustus, who I had considered a friend (much to the chagrin of my other, mostly left-leaning friends). This blog post was picked up by the website ItsGoingDown.org as a source for an article on Augustus. Augustus found this article. As a result, I’m now being sued for defamation. In addition, Augustus is attempting to speciously report me to the Federal Government for fraud—because I collect disability and work as a webcam model. Augustus’ attorney provided me with the option of retracting my statements. However, as a domestic violence survivor myself, and a firm believer in the freedom of speech, I refuse to comply with their demands for retraction. Admittedly, given the nature of Augustus’ threats and the character of his following, fighting this could put my own safety as well as Jane’s at risk. However, we are taking the appropriate precautions. We are willing to fight to preserve our First-Amendment guaranteed right to speak truthfully about Augustus’ past misdeeds.
We have secured legal representation. While my lawyer is generously willing to work with my financial situation, my means are admittedly limited. This is a battle of conscience and a matter of principle, a project which I am undertaking at my own personal expense. I hope that you can see the importance of fighting this particular battle against a well-known “alt-right” politician at this particular moment in history when women’s rights are under threat. Jane should not face legal repercussions for speaking out, and nor should I for wanting to advocate for her. Any funds I collect will go directly to cover all legal costs associated with my impending defamation lawsuit, which both Jane and I are now facing.
Thanks so much in advance for your contributions and support.
Third, by way of another article on this developing situation:
… Okyay, his spokeswoman, said Invictus is taking legal action against his accuser.
Fourth, from an anonymous source:
Invictus’ book, Il Tempio Florido … where he claims to rape a 14-year-old girl in Mexico. The book is written under a pseudonym, Franco A. Saint-Fond, but does include a picture of him. Additionally, he lists it as non-fiction. Even if just a fantasy of his, it may be worth noting, given recent allegations.
Another interesting thing to note is there’s a swastika on the back of the book – that is supposed to resemble his law firm. His law firm, Imperium, was of course named after a book (of the same name) dedicated to Hitler.
Fifth, we received an additional file regarding the case from an anonymous source, not for publication. The case
has been referred to the State Attorney’s Office. According to the referral letter “Some of her more serious injuries persist to the present day.” The referral letter has “relevant corroborative phone records and the names and contact information for people mentioned over the course of the statement.” (The version we received, however, did not have that portion attached). It mentions that a protective order will be sought and will extend not just to Invictus but also to various friends and followers of his such as members of the American Front. Invictus has allegedly issued threats and attempted witness tampering. However, the letter says there are corroborating witnesses who are expected to come forward. Potential charges include physical assault or battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment, statutory rape (the alleged victim was 17 when the relationship started), and witness tampering. There may also be recordings of some of the violence and/or threats. These are alluded to in the document we received but not included with the version we got.
Stay tuned for more as the situation develops and join the discussion in the comments in the meantime.
UPDATE Corrections to the last section: 1) The referral letter to State Attorney’s Office has not been sent at this time. 2) No recordings of violence or threats, but allegedly the alleged victim had photographic evidence of injuries on her phone which Invictus allegedly deleted, and which she is trying to recover with no success so far.