- 3 years ago
I am a regular bee undercover because of the nature of the subject.
Long story short, I am a freelance Graphic Designer starting out in my career. A local politician asked me to do graphic design work for him for his campaign for payment. I agreed, and did work for him, expecting payment at the end of it. He used my work and never credited me, then when I contacted him for anything further (and payment), he disappeared. This was a few months ago. Now the work was only about $100, but still, a struggling freelancer, I can use that to pay for groceries for the week. I tried to call/text and no reply. <br /><br />I was told by friends and family to write a review about him, as he is in the public eye and elections were coming up. I still didn’t, in fear what may happen. Just the other day, I came across another lady who posted about him, saying he had scammed a girl with a disability who was also promised payment for a project he was working on, never paying and not replying.
This rubbed me the wrong way (I originally gave him the benefit of the doubt, assuming maybe he didn’t receive my attempts to contact him), and I went on social media and posted on a general election page what happened,. and that I just found out someone else went through this too, and suggested not to vote for him or support his other businesses because that’s not cool. If you hire someone, you should pay them or NOT use their work and not even give credit.
Anyways, I sent him an email a bit after too telling him am I ever going to get my money?
Ironically, he replied today and tells me that he has had a family emergency, and that’s why he disappeared. But catch is, he said it was 5 weeks ago. This originally happened nearly 8 weeks ago where he stopped contacting me…..either way, I removed my comment about him because I actually felt bad for his personal situation! Regardless of not getting paid or the young girl who got screwed too out of payment.
Bit later, he sends me another email with a screenshot of my comment, telling me to take it down (already did and told him I did). He then proceeds to send a million emails and texts saying that he can’t believe this, and that my comments are libel and the next thing I hear will be from his lawyer. <br /><br />This was early this morning. My DH thinks that he can’t do anything about this, because my comments were fair, of my opinion, and I told the truth based off what I knew.
Any legal bees have advice? What would the next step be when his lawyer contacts me? I don’t know what to do, I suffer from anxiety and depression, and this is really making it worse. I have huge amounts of debt, no assets/savings, so I can’t afford a lawyer. I feel uneasy and actually threatened by this guy, but I feel like I had a right to let people know who they might be voting for. Makes me never want to do the right thing again. I’m also confused as to why he’s just trying to go after me, when there were others who made REALLY bad comments about him and his companies.<br /><br />