By now most of us here at Anime Right News are familiar with hentai aficionado, Kurt Eichenwald, and his love for B-Chiku (notice the lack of tentacles in all 212 Pictures.) But already, I have digressed, I am not here to talk about what kind of degenerate Japanese cartoon pornography Mr. Eichenwald likes to show to his “adult” children in front of his waifu, I am here to talk about a very very shaky situation.
Let us go back to December 15, 2016, when all of this started. Tucker Carlson had on his show Kurt Eichenwald, best selling author, Senior Editor at Newsweek, and a contributor to Vanity Fair to defend some very outlandish claims he made regarding President Trump.
Shortly after this interview, a Twitter user by the name of @jew_goldstein, a former marine who served in Iraq and Afganistan and who now suffers from PTSD by the name of John Rayne Rivello, sent a tweet directed at Mr. Eichenwald of a flashing image that read, “You deserve a seizure for your post.”
After viewing this tweet, Mr. Eichenwald, who is epileptic, suffered from an 8-minute seizure. Once his waifu found him, called 911 for medical assistance, and forwarded the above tweet to the police Mrs. Eichenwald then fired off this tweet from her husbando’s twitter.
This is his wife, you caused a seizure. I have your information and have called the police to report the assault.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
The Eichenwald’s subpoenaed Twitter. After the news of what had happened to Kurt dozens of the same images were tweeted at him, those tweets as well were reported to the police. Eventually, the Authorities got access to Mr. Rivello’s twitter account as well as his iCloud. When sifting through the Direct Messages of @jew_goldstein the police found a couple references to Mr. Eichenwald. “I hope this sends him into a seizure.” Eichenwald “deserves to have his liver pecked out by a pack of emus.” and “let’s see if he dies.”
The iCloud account of Mr. Rivello was also full of material pertaining to Kurt Eichenwald. In it the authorities found the .gif that he posted to Twitter, Mr. Eichenwald’s home address, screenshots from Mr. Eichenwald’s twitter, a news article about Mr. Eichenwald looking for the identity of his attacker, a list of triggers that would send individuals suffering from epilepsy into a seizure, and a photoshopped image of Mr. Eichenwald’s Wikipedia Page which listed his death as December 16, 2016, the day after he sent the tweet. Also, on Mr. Rivello’s iCloud was a selfie of him holding his Maryland drivers license which led them to the 30-year-old.
Mr. Eichenwald claimed in an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, in which he also admitted to purposefully pushing fake news about then Candidate Trump, that the seizure had caused him to be bedridden for the next 24 hours and that he would be unable to drive for months. He posted this Facebook status around a month later:
Todays boring. Can’t drive anymore cause I had a seizure, wife sick in bed asleep for hours, twitter boring, read all my books, hate kindle.
His lawyer, Steve Leberman claimed that Mr. Eichenwald had trouble speaking for several weeks. Yet, Mr. Eichenwald seemed to be speaking just fine in the interview he had with ABC’s Good Morning America (linked in the paragraph above) just THREE days later. Leberman also compared the tweet to sending anthrax or a bomb to someone in the mail. Apparently, Kurt enjoys living life on the edge, why else would he edit and upload this video, which is filled with epileptic triggers, onto his own youtube page. This song really activated my almonds. Honestly, it isn’t half bad either.
John Rayne Rivello was arrested in March of this year.
On November 21 the federal judge presiding over this case granted Rivello’s attorney’s motion to drop the cyberstalking charges against their client. These charges were dismissed without prejudice, giving prosecutors in the future a chance to refile the case against Mr. Rivello.
Rivello’s lawyer, Quinn Emmanual partner David Gergen, said in a statement that the charges brought against Rivello did not meet the statute of cyberstalking under Federal Law because the law “requires a pattern of electronic messages intending or threatening to cause serious bodily harm.” Rivello’s lawyer, Mr. Gergen, also stated that his client “is thrilled that the DOJ dismissed this exaggerated case.”
John Jaye Rivello is still facing one account of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (.gif) in Dallas County. The charge carries a hate-crime enhancement because of “bias or prejudice against a group identified by race, ancestry, or religion, namely: persons of Jewish faith or descent.”
Rivello is also facing a civil suit brought on by Eichenwald for monetary damages caused by an animated image.