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AREA 51 AFTERMATH: Legal lines drawn in fight over festival name, porn money

Posted: 7:03 PM, Oct 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-22 02:56:13-04
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The businesswoman who hosted the Alienstock music festival in rural Nevada believes she did nothing wrong and is suing her former co-organizer.

Connie West spoke to 13 Investigates, exclusively, about the lawsuit her attorneys filed within days of the Alienstock event.

"It changed [the event] 100%, their campaign started at 6:45 a.m. in the Morning Show against me," explained West about the less-than-expected turn out.

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The court documents filed show the very public fallout between Matty Roberts, his associates, and West began just hours before a scheduled appearance on Good Morning Las Vegas at KTNV Channel 13 on Sept. 9.

During the live interview, Roberts explained he would be "somewhere in Nevada" and not necessarily at the Alienstock event in Rachel, and added he was "possibly looking for a new venue."

As 13 Investigates has reported, West alleges in her lawsuit that the group she was working with backed out of their agreement and spread misinformation about the event, leading many to believe it was canceled.

The lawsuit states "that led to a mass confusion among the public and critical vendors and resulted in numerous cancellations."

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Also in dispute is a $70,000 Porn Hub sponsorship that West claims was supposed to pay for event-related expenses such as security, medical, and portable toilets.

Her lawsuit alleges Roberts and his associates unjustly kept the money and did not hold up their end of the deal.

"A lot of what she's saying is not accurate and there's many witnesses that will corroborate, she's not a victim in this," said Frank DiMaggio, one of Matty Roberts' associates who is also listed as a defendant in the case.

"We never told them anything was canceled out there, we just said the Alienstock brand and Matty Roberts would not be there," explained DiMaggio during a Sept. 23 interview with 13 Investigates.

"So they continued on, regardless, and she said she would worry about the legal ramifications at a later date," added DiMaggio.

Both sides are claiming they have the rights to use the "Alienstock" name for branding purposes.

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West says in the days before, during and even after the event held at her family business, the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel Nevada was the target of threats.

"I had people call my business and say they were a sniper and they have their sights on us, 'Don't turn around,' things like that," explained West.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office confirms they did receive a report of threats that were made against the business.

"They crossed a line," said West.

Exclusive Interview: West claims she was threatened

"When I have employees that are terrified to even leave the back room because of what they were just told, yeah it crosses a line," said West.

West says the caller threatened to burn her business to the ground.

West says she does not know who placed the call but says she cannot live her life in fear.

West is suing for a number of items including:

  • Trademark Infringement
  • Breach of Contract
  • Intentional Interference
  • Business Disparagement
  • Defamation

Roberts and his associates have to file an answer to the allegations in court by the end of month.

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