During June and July 2013, I published articles on my personal blogsite relating to press reports of statements allegedly made by Rabbi Boruch Lesches concerning child sexual abuse. Although I criticised Rabbi Lesches in respect of some statements he had made I also called upon the person who had recorded Rabbi Lesches’ remarks and provided the recording to the press to immediately release an unedited transcript of those remarks. I wrote that a failure to do so would amount to profaning God’s name with all that flows from that.
My article did not explicitly name any victim of sexual abuse or the person who had recorded the remarks of Rabbi Lesches. I did not know the identity of that person or persons. Regrettably, and unbeknown to me at the time, a comment posted on another blogsite referred to my article and named a particular person as the person who had recorded Rabbi Lesches’ remarks and referred to that person in insulting terms. I also regret that other comments posted on my blogsite, although not naming anyone, referred to the person who had recorded Rabbi Lesches in derogatory and disparaging terms.
The person named in the other blog subsequently commenced legal proceedings against me & my employer. I accept that that person has acted in accordance with both halacha & secular law. I regret that my articles or any comments published on my blog may inadvertently have led to that person or his family being subjected to any harm, hurt or criticism. I wish that person and their family well & am grateful that the proceedings brought against me and my employer in connection with this matter have been amicably resolved.