In a deliberately vague statement, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has effectively denied allegations that he physically abused his ex-girlfriend.
The former lawyer did not mention the accusers or the accusations by name in the response he posted on his personal blog, but the news headlines in the past week have centered on a Facebook status update written by RTist.com founder and CEO Jenn Allen, a former girlfriend of Arrington’s who said that he had cheated on her, physically abused her, and threatened to murder her. After Gawker picked up the story, Allen confirmed her identity to the publication and subsequently claimed that Arrington had also raped her friend.
Soon, others spoke out against Arrington, including entrepreneur Jason Calacanis. Though he noticeably left Arrington’s name out of his Facebook post (Calacanis was much more transparent about his feud with Arrington in 2010), our source confirmed that Calacanis was speaking about Arrington when he said, among other things, that “the good times and success we had together was quickly erased by threats to me, my friends and my partners.”
Read Arrington’s response, in full, below:
“There have been some extremely serious and criminal allegations against me over the last week. All of the allegations are completely untrue, and I’ve hired a law firm to represent me in the legal actions against the offending parties.
I know this isn’t, for now, much information. I will have a full and complete response to these allegations sometime later this week. My goal will be to direct as much sunlight as possible on the issues so that the absolute truth can be known and I can begin to put my life back together.
I’ve also asked my attorneys to contact appropriate law enforcement agencies about these false allegations. Given the gravity of the claims, I think it’s important that the police be involved in this now.”
His legal threats seem to have changed the direction of the conversations online. Entrepreneur Robert Scoble, for example, says he regrets commenting on Calacanis’s Facebook status. “Why? Because I used this to get a dig in on Mike for an unrelated issue and that just wasn’t cool,” he said on Facebook. “I’m sorry Mike.”