Assault by Twitter? Journalist Eichenwald says seizure triggered by social media user
Kurt Eichenwald, who hit headlines last week over claims about Donald Trump’s mental health in the 1990s, suffers from epilepsy and has previously written about the neurological condition.
In a series of Twitter posts, the journalist alleged that an anonymous person who was aware of his chronic disorder “tweeted a strobe at me with the message ‘you deserve a seizure’ on it”.
Last night, for the second time, a deplorable aware I have epilepsy tweeted a strobe at me with the message "you deserve a seizure' on it...— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
...it worked. This is not going to happen again. My wife is terrified. I am...disgusted. All I will be tweeting for the next few days are...— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
The unknown Twitter user’s account has since been suspended. Court papers state Eichenwald suffered an epileptic fit caused by the picture “flashing at a rapid speed.”
The incident came hours after Eichenwald became involved in a tense discussion with Fox News host Tucker Carlson about claims surrounding Trump’s mental health.
During the debate, Carlson continuously questioned Eichenwald’s journalistic credentials, accusing the veteran writer of being “lazy and inaccurate” over reports of Trump being admitted to a mental hospital 27 years ago.
Eichenwald has since released court documents petitioning Twitter furnish him with details about the identity of his attacker, who used the online handle @jew_goldstein.
The social media giant has agreed to the request, according to legal papers published by Eichenwald, who sensationally aimed a message at the person responsible for inducing the seizure: “I’m coming for you, you son of bitch.”
As promised, I will be tweeting legal updates about the assault on me. I'm coming for you, you son of a bitch. https://t.co/BrWwBcYUXR— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 19, 2016
Filed to a district court in Dallas County, Texas, Eichenwald’s deposition states he is seeking to bring a criminal suit against the sender – referred to as John Doe – of the flashing image and not Twitter.
...individual will be going to court, and he will be paying a price. And if any of you others ever try this again, I will make sure it...— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
...happens to you. Online anonymity does not protect criminals. Thats why subpoenas exist. You are facing a criminal investigation and a...— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
...lawsuit. So if any of you others think about trying this "cute" prank, consider the consequences. They will be severe.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
“Petitioner seeks to identify and investigate [John] Doe and any other individuals who may have acted in concert with him/her in engaging in the assault against Petitioner,” it read.
Folks, if a blind man says things you don't like politically, it is not okay to direct him toward the edge of a cliff. Find some humanity.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 20, 2016