Despite the suggestion that everyone is too afraid to talk about the former TechCrunch overlord, over the last week and a half there has been a lot of talking about Michael Arrington and the allegations (now denied by Arrington) that he has a history of abusing women. Arrington himself denied all of the allegations over the weekend on his blog Uncrunched and said he planned to take legal action against people who had made them. "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," he wrote.
So far, the messy narrative of what is going on has been driven by things people have said. But strewn across Facebook, reported stories, YouTube, blog comments, and Twitter, it has been difficult to keep track of everything that has been said. In order to get some clarity of where these serious allegations stand, we've arranged all the information from Arrington and those who've known him. Did we miss something? Please email me and we will update.
That Arrington Sexually Abused Former Girlfriend Jenn Allen
The Allegations: Allen posted a Facebook note claiming that, when they dated back in 2006, Arrington threatened to murder her if she "told anyone about the physical abuse," which suggests that Arrington had beat her up. She also claims that he emotionally abused her. Despite Arrington's categorical denial of everything, she claims he is lying, tweeting at him: "You know everything I said and posted is truth and true. How can you do this to women and lie to everyone."