Diane Dimond is the famed court TV journalist who exposed that Michael Jackson was being investigated for child molestation charges. Her coverage of the issue was one-sided, and she was rumored to have formed a deal with Prosecutor Tom Sneddon, in which she would leak details about a private lawsuit settlement of Jackson’s, in order to help taint the jury, in exchange for exclusive rights to the first interview with Jackson, after he got to prison. Of course, Jackson was acquitted and Diane’s plan was thwarted.
I don’t know how I became so special that I could warrant the attention of such a well known national “veteran investigative journalist,” but, after remaining silent on this subject for the last few years, I am finally going to dissect her article, and provide the actual story. I’m warning you, her statements are wholly false, and I will explain, at the end of the article, why she did this, and how it relates to the Michael Jackson trial.
At no time, in my entire life have ever stated that I am a potential mass gun shooter. Many of my friends have scoffed at this statement, because I am known as one of the most anti-gun liberals, who despises mass gun shooters, because I had the unfortunate experience of being at the scene of the James Holmes Massacre, and was diagnosed with PTSD only a week after the shooting.
In reality, it wasn’t so much her opinion that I took exception to, it was the timing of the article, only a day after the Isla Vista mass shooting, and the way it was published in Santa Barbara, which is right next door to Isla Vista. What she did was exploit the shooting, wrote an article filled with right wing rhetoric, and released it in the town where the massacre happened. I would have had no idea she’d ever done this, if people I knew in SB didn’t come to me and show the article to me, complaining about it.
An aspect of Diane’s article that is hard to process is the lies. At no time did I ever suggest that anyone had violated the American’s with Disabilities Act, which is just silly. The last line about the letter writing campaign is interesting, because letters to the editor are as American as apple pie itself, and every newspaper in the country has a section which is dedicated to reader opinion, so why would such an allegedly esteemed writer, who’d enjoyed such a successful career, be rattled by a letter to the editor?
I’ve never boasted about my “imaginary importance in media circles.” The only statement I’ve ever made about who I am is that I am a national working filmmaker that has created two solicited television shows, one of which was pitched to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, who has worked with 2014 Grammy Nominees, made short films, feature length documentaries, and has traveled several hundred thousand miles to thousands of cities, which is all true. No one called her vile names. No one threatened her safety.
She is right about one thing. I do have PTSD. At the time, I was easily triggered because I had not yet dealt with the diagnosis, and because of Diane and her friends, my life is a living hell. But she is taking the “prime candidate for a mass gun shooting” comment completely out of context, because as everyone knows I am being attacked by a internet vigilante group who targeted me many years ago, telling me that they were going to “stalk me until I either committed suicide or became a mass gun shooter.” If one were going to pick someone that they were going to stalk until they snapped, it would be someone who had PTSD that is easily triggered, and in that sense, the group that targeted me thought I was a good candidate, but of course, as history has proven, they were wrong.
So basically, for taking opposition to Diane’s article and the way she’s exploited the people of Isla Vista, just to gain a few hits of internet traffic, and writing letters to the editor, she reported me to the cyber crimes unit in LA, even though I was not in LA, she reported me to the FBI, and the Secret Service. Obviously, this woman must think I am a mass gun shooter, which she has a right to feel that way, but my question is, if you think you are dealing to a potential mass murderer, do you intentionally exacerbate the situation by writing articles about the person? That seems a little shady. For example, since many mass gun shootings started with bullying incidents, what if — taking her words at face value — I had read it, snapped, and started killing people?
I don’t know what the terms for loading articles with bullshit that isn’t true is, but if there is a term for it, I’d use it here. First of all, she implies that law enforcement is “looking for me,” or “trying to find me,” yet, one can check the internet and learn that my location is always published, and there are thousands of travel photos from some of the most amazing places in the country, because over the last five or six years, as I said previously, I’ve traveled several thousand miles working as a filmmaker and activist, and there is plenty of evidence to prove that.
But just to make a point, she claims they can’t find me, but only a few short months, after publication of this article, I was located when I appeared on television in Akron, Ohio, on WEWS News Channel 5, and even announced a public meeting, so everyone knew where I was, thus confirming that the police were never looking for me. If you watch the news piece very carefully, please pay attention to the part where I don’t get arrested.
In 2012, I was making a documentary about homelessness, an immersion documentary, when I went into a film forum to put up a post about something that had happened when I was out one night filming, and a filmmaker named Peter John Ross began attacking me, and bullying me, telling everyone I had never pitched a show to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, that I wasn’t making my documentary, that I was just a con man and scammer. Several weeks later, even though I was still out filming, Peter put up a second post public harassing me, which went into my Google results, with no provocation whatsoever.
Long story short, Peter continued to publicly harass me for many years, lying to the world about who I was. But, all of the sudden, in 2013, I released the homelessness film he said I wasn’t making, Imdb confirmed my TV pilot, and it turned out that Peter was wrong. Later, when Peter was nominated for a local Emmy, for an educational show that he does on cable access, I protested with a petition, no extra security was called, and I was over 2000 miles away from the ceremony, living in Oregon.
Peter did try to file a Civil Stalking Protection Order, not once, but twice, and both times the orders were dismissed because — again – running a Change.org petition isn’t stalking. What Peter did was exploit the fact that Columbus courts are overworked and under staffed, he lied to the courts numerous times, and the courts, when they realized he was one of the people that had filled my Google results with actual madness, forced him to dismiss the CSPO.
Here, Diane refers to Marjorie Bard PhD, who did not run a non-profit in California but claims to be the founder of Women Organized Against Homeleness, that she claims is in Martland. However, a quick check on Guidestar reveals that Marjorie is not only not the founder of this .org, the organization lost its non-profit status, a year before Diane claims that I wrecked it. Once again, back in reality, after I released the homelessness film everyone said I wasn’t making, Marjorie approached me, telling me she knew a “big time Hollywood producer” that was could make me a star. I told her I wasn’t interested. After that she snapped on me and started writing blogs about me, in which today there are over 23 of them that are filling my Google results with lies. Marjorie never had funding, which never dried up, and since the .org was out of business before I met her, it’s impossible for me to have caused her to go out of business.
You’ll also note that rather than cause a homelessness organization to go out of business, I actually funded the formation of one in California, which is still in business to this day, in Barstow.
It’s very hard to tell my side of the story, because we’re dealing with a complex timeline that spans over a period of five years, but at this point in the story Marjorie and Peter had filled the internet with lies about me. I was also very poor, and homeless, which caused me to have to rent rooms with people, when I could afford it, rather than my own place to live, which is something that happens to almost everyone that moves to LA to be a filmmaker. Because the internet was filled with lies, people I was living with would look me up, believe what they read, and suddenly I would have no place to live because they would throw me out. To solve this issue I started living in hostels, where everyone minded their own business.
In direct contrast to what Diane shared, no one threatened two hostel workers, and I was not thrown out for using foul language. I had actually lived at this hostel, on and off, for over a year, and it was my home when I was in LA, so I knew these two women, very well. Diane acts as if I was just some random guest, but I wasn’t. The hostel itself isn’t so much a hostel. but it’s a rest home for wayward woman.
Only a few days before this incident, I had been on tour with Rod Morgenstein from Winger, and Jordan Rudess from 2014 Grammy Nominated Dream Theater. When I arrived back in LA at the hostel, I was in the middle of editing the music video I made for them. When I started talking about making the video, and another famous person I had been with, this woman at the hostel went off of me, told me I was full of it, and started insulting my friends, so I got up, and left the hostel of my own accord. After I left, the women went out onto the internet, where I was still experiencing Marjorie and Peter’s internet shaming campaigns, and posted that I had been thrown out of the hostel.
When I asked for my money back for, $23, and demanded that they compensate me for lost production time, $300, for the video I was making for a then current Grammy Nominee, the hostel hired Ernest Halcon, the former bodyguard for the LA County DA’s office, who checked the video and confirmed that I had not been thrown out of the hostel, and that the employees had lied. I never met the man’s wife, never spoke with her, but in the middle this man’s investigation I decided to investigate him as well, and learned that his wife’s cosmetics company had been sued, and fined by the FDA, for blinding women with her products.
The successful television writer was Jaclyn, my neighbor in North Hollywood. When we met she was a writer for Modern Family, which is all she told me. What I was not aware of at the time was that she was only a staff writer, and not an actual credited writer for the show. Jaclyn and I became friends. Only two weeks after I first knew her Modern Family won a 2013 Prime Time Emmy. The next day, Jaclyn asked me to meet her at NoHo Cafe, where she hired me to be staff writer for a movie she was writing, which she said was to star Billy Bob Thornton. As we got to know each other, even though we were just friends, we texted day and night, for weeks on end, until one day I got a text from her that said, “I love you Matt.”
I don’t know if I was just confused about what she said, but as time went on, even though she wasn’t really my type, I started to have feelings for her, and asked her out on a date. In spite of what Diane stated, Jaclyn said yes, but I then learned that the entire time we were talking, she was dating someone else, and she had never told me, which was very upsetting, and it started a fight.
But, there is a major hole and continuity error in Diane’s story, because my brief happening with Jaclyn was actually a month before I willfully walked out of the hostel. Diane claims that I followed her on dates, spit on her companion, and “posted warnings” — whatever that means — but my credit cards records, and my resume, show that it would have been impossible for any of this to have happened because I was in DC, and Philly with Rod and Jordan, making the following music video:
While I did return for a week, to LA, and ended up walking out of the hostel, I was only there for seven days, stayed at my room the entire time, and immediately left town and flew to Portland, Oregon, as many people, and credit card records, can confirm.
If one looks at Marjorie Bard’s insane ramblings about me, they can see that she tells people to report me to the police, and many people have, all people who have came after me, in some shape or form, who have been fooled my Marjorie and Peter’s lies, who then used the police to harass me further. I want to be clear to point out that reports can be filed by anyone, but at no time have any charges been filed, because the police, of all people, can see that Marjorie, Peter, and Diane are clearly lying about my criminal record, and at no time, were any laws violated which would warrant me being charged with a crime, to begin with. But the police reports they incited were used against me, as they slowly developed their scheme to frame me for a crime.
Getting into my criminal record, I have never aggravated assaulted anyone, I have never been charged with public drunkenness, though I have been drunk in public on a few occasions, I have never been charged with violent domestic abuse, the only telecommunications harassment charge I have is dismissed because it never happened, and I was in fact charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a pack of rolling papers in 1996, but the charge was dismissed because the law they charged me with had been repealed six months before I was charged. If one were looking for the reason I am allowed to remain free, it’s because I committed none of the above crimes.
It’s been almost two years since this article was published, and I could not sue Diane, because she did not put my name in the article. This only leads us to one question, why would Diane do this? Why would she publish an article like this publicly attacking someone she thought was a mass gun shooter? The reason is because she knows I am not a mass gun shooter, and she knows all of the above is not true. She published this article for a reason, that goes right to the heart of showing what her real intentions were during the famed Michael Jackson case.
Remember, people accused her of leaking information about a private settlement in an attempt to taint the jury for Michael Jackson, to help obtain a guilty verdict, no matter what happened at the trial. She was basically accused of trying to frame Michael Jackson for a crime, that she would have got exclusive rights to Jacko’s first in-jail interview, which would have made her a very famous major national television star, rather than just a cable news schlock jock for Inside Edition.
The answer to why she did this is right in her article. When Peter John Ross went into court to try to file the civil stalking protection order against me, he brought a folder with him, his case. On the first page of his case he referenced this article and said, “He wrote a letter to CNN journalist Diane Dimond claiming he was going to be a mass gun shooter,” and then the text of the article was his next piece of evidence. Diane provided the backup for Peter’s story, which he used to try to taint the court proceedings, and secure a verdict in his favor, but of course, his plan failed.
But, in my case, it goes a little deeper, because in 2105, when I lived in Barstow, my environmental activism organization received around fifty complaints of local citizens, including children, of being burned by the water.
SuperfundResearch.org, which had not been formally formed yet, but was listed as a “cause” stood up to try to help the burning babies of Barstow, but we could not do this without media. In a random series of events, the anonymous e-mail accounts that were used to run the blogs that are being posted about me, were hacked, and this e-mail, from Diane, to a media outlet in Victorville, shows what she was really up to.
If you look closely, the words in blue “read more in this recent column I wrote” are a link to the very article I am debunking. Diane was preemptively contacting media outlets, sharing her bogus article, tainting the news editor’s opinion of me. She references Daron Banks, and that story can be found on the following article I wrote for SuperfundResearch.org.
In Diane’s e-mail she claims SuperfundResearch.org is a front, or a “money scamming group,” but to this day, we have never raised a single dollar, and the money to operate my .org has all come out of our own pockets, and since this article was published we have proven unequivocally that we are not a front, leaving only two conclusions, that the alleged stalker, me, is the one being stalked, and that what Diane has done to me gives a lot more valuable perspective on what she did to The King of Pop. All of this leaves only one question, was Diane Dimond guilty of trying to frame Michael Jackson?
Well, I’m sure there are a few more questions, as well, but maybe you’re starting to understand how I earned the moniker Mr. Gonzo.