One of the biggest stories we’ve been following over the last year has been the defamation case filed in Texas by frequent convention guest Vic Mignogna against Monica Rial, Ron Toye, Jamie Marchi and Funimation. Rial and Marchi (along with quite a few other women) had come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault, and Sony owned anime dubbing studio Funimation announced that they would no longer be contracting Mignogna after conducting its own internal investigation.
Those paying attention to this entire mess know that the entire case was thrown out under Texas’s Anti-SLAPP law almost two months ago, and part of that law dictates that the plaintiff must pay the defendants’ legal fees upon dismissal. Last week a hearing was held on sanctions, and yesterday, the judge issued his final order.
You can read the entire order here, but it boils down to Mignogna being required to pay almost $250k to the defendants. While this is significantly less than the amounts asked for by the defendants (which was a sum roughly around $800k), it’s still a significant chunk of change. Mignogna’s representatives already attempted to file an appeal prematurely, and it is highly likely that they will attempt to do so again (or amend the existing appeal). If Mignogna’s potential appeal fails, he will be required to pay significantly more to the defendants as well.
Some of you may recall that this whole case started after Minnesota based YouTuber Nick Rekeita started a GoFundMe to raise funds for Mignogna’s legal fees to file the case. And while that GoFundMe has raised over $263k, all of that money has already likely been paid to Mignogna’s lawyers.
We will continue to track this story if anything else develops.