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Tuesday 17 July 2012

Presented Petition

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

Cyber bullying

Declares that on 06/08/2010 Schillings Lawyers, acting for Amy Lynn Lee Hartzler of the American Rock Band Evanescence and her manager Andrew Lurie sent a letter of claim to the Petitioner, which the Petitioner claims was demanding that Mr Smith give undertakings not to report alleged criminal offences to the authorities; further declares the Petitioner believes that Schillings, on behalf of their clients, admitted that a teenage user of their website EvThreads.com had engaged in a course of conduct of “mean-spirited” remarks towards a Californian girl, Crystal Dawson, and that the Petitioner believes that despite having described the alleged perpetrator in writing through her lawyers as “mean-spirited” and deserving of being prohibited from the website, Amy Lee later appointed the perpetrator concerned, Amanda DeMarzi, to a supervisory role with authority over other users including minors.

Declares that the Petitioner believes that Schillings compelled the Petitioner to sign a contract that requires him not to report a number of alleged offences in relation to their website EvThreads.com, including drugs offences that have been expressly admitted by the alleged perpetrators and that the Petitioner believes that the contract also acknowledges the existence of three witnesses as to the culpability of Amy Lee and Andrew Lurie of 110 Management in attempts to procure the suicide of a

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teenage girl, and further requires that the Petitioner interfere with those witnesses by discouraging them from pursuing the matter.

Declares that subsequently the Petitioner became aware that some of Amy Lee’s former employees had published online on a site other than EvThreads.com paedophile material including a story about sexual offences against a physically disabled male minor and cartoons with pre-teens in lawful poses but with sexualised captions, including sexual activity with animals and one caption regarding a toddler consuming human faeces, and that the Petitioner believes that this material unfortunately falls through a loophole in the law and is not illegal in the UK; and further that the Petitioner also has grounds to reasonably suspect the persons concerned of also circulating illegal child pornography including photographs.

Declares that on 03/11/2011 the Petitioner wrote to Schillings asking their clients to allow him to report the alleged paedophile activities to the authorities in the relevant countries. On 08/11/2011 three members of Parliament placed before the House an Early Day Motion requesting that Amy Lee and Andrew Lurie allow the Petitioner to report the alleged criminal activity. On 25/11/2011 the Petitioner wrote again to Schillings repeating and clarifying the request. To date Schillings have not acquiesced and the Petitioner believes that their clients have knowingly allowed the publishers of the alleged paedophile material to have access to EvThreads.com where they can interact with thousands of minors.

The Petitioner therefore requests that the House of Commons passes the Family Justice (Transparency, Accountability and Cost of Living) Bill, and asks the Government to urge Amy Lee and Andrew Lurie to take appropriate steps to resolve matters.

And the Petitioner remains, etc.—[Presented by John Hemming .]