TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington has finally responded to recent accusations from a former girlfriend and former friends and acquaintances he was physically abusive on numerous occasions.
Last week, former girlfriend Jenn Allen made the claims on her Facebook page, alleging the Arrington physically and emotionally abused her and even threatened to kill her if she told anyone. She later left additional comment on a Gawker article, reiterating the allegations and also accusing Arrington of rape.
Later, one of Arrington's former friends and tech entrepreneur Jason Calacanis came out and said that he'd heard of these sorts of stories for a while. Other people from Arrington's life surfaced, one claiming that it was the "worst kept rumor in the valley for years," and that the abuse extended to multiple women.
Now, Arrington has posted a brief response to the accusations. In it, he calls the allegations "completely untrue," and says that he has instructed his lawyers to contact the proper authorities.
Here's the full response:
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.