LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The allegations are flying once again in the latest court filings involving the creator of the viral idea to Storm Area 51 and his former business partner.
Matty Roberts and his associates are firing back in the counterclaim that was just filed in Clark County District Court.
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"Something of mine that's been tarnished, it's like someone taking my car and totaling it. It hurts a little," said Roberts.
Roberts and his associates lay out their case in a 19-page filing that accuses Connie West of copyright infringement, business disparagement, and defamation, among other claims.
In the lawsuit, West is allegedly on a secret recording saying, "I don't have to prove to you what I spent, you didn't sign a f****** contract with me to begin with, so guess what, I don't need to prove to you a mother f****** thing."
"If you listen to the entire audio, you heard Brock [Daily] said, 'I'm not comfortable. We're not comfortable with what we're seeing so can you tell us what you have in place?' And that's where the 'I don't have to show you a mother f-ing thing' came out," said Frank DiMaggio, who is also listed as a counter-claimant.
13 Investigates was provided a copy of the audio recording from Matty Roberts' attorneys but has been unable to authenticate it.
West's attorneys say they have no comment regarding the counter lawsuit, for now.
The counterclaim goes on to claim West "applied for a special event permit with the event named 'Raid Rachel' and misrepresented to Lincoln County Commissioners that the estimated number of participants was 500, far less than the actual of expected INVADERS."
"She didn't nurture it. She actually, in our opinion, semi-destroyed it or made the attempt to destroy it, and we're not going to stand for that," said DiMaggio.
The counter lawsuit claims that early on in the process Roberts and his business associate, Brock Daily, had their worries about the event being a possible bust in the dust, adding "they began requesting confirmation from Connie and the Little A'Le'Inn that their venue would be a safe SPACE to hold the Storm Area 51/Alienstock Event and that the festival would be more than simply camping in cosmic dust and stargazing."
The lawsuit is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.