There’s been a statement released by Blaine Greenberg, the counsel for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, regarding the lawsuit against former employee Josh Timonen, his girlfriend, and his production company:
Despite the public interest in this case, I have asked Professor Dawkins and the staff and Trustees of RDFRS not to comment on this litigation while it is still pending.
I hasten to emphasize, however, that the scope of this suit is narrow. Richard Dawkins’ only role is as plaintiff in a single cause of action seeking the return of unearned money he personally paid Mr. Timonen. The Foundation’s claims seek the return of profits from the sale of merchandise from the Store on the RDF website that defendants failed to remit to RDFRS. NO DIRECT DONATIONS TO THE FOUNDATION OR NON-BELIEVERS GIVING AID HAVE BEEN MISAPPROPRIATED.
The Store has been under the Foundation’s direct control since May 2010 and stringent financial safeguards have been established to insure its profits will be used to further RDFRS’s charitable mission. Richard Dawkins regrets that his trust in a colleague has proved to be misplaced. The Trustees of RDFRS authorized the filing of the pending suit to recover all the profits generated by the Store and reassure all Store customers that the proceeds from their purchases will benefit the causes of reason and science.
The full complaint can be read here (PDF).
I’m still hoping RDFRS gets this resolved quickly, the money goes to wherever it was intended to go in the first place, better safeguards are put in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again, and we can all move on from this.