Acroyoga Defense Fund
$17,485 raised
25% of $70k goal
91 contributors
185 Days running

In February of 2018, Bryan Flanders filed a $2 million defamation/libel/slander lawsuit against several members of the Acroyoga Community.

He filed against Amber Moore-Barcus and Matt Talbert (and others, some dismissed) because they posted on AcroYoga Facebook groups to inform the community of serious allegations that had been made by several women. He filed against Ashlee Conlin because she came forward regarding her upsetting experiences with him.

The subject matters are sensitive and vary in severity. They are potentially triggering, and involve several people.

We have now been defending ourselves against Bryan’s lawsuit for more than a year. Knowing that defeat would not only result in a major monetary judgment against us, but also a gag order that would silence us and anyone that chooses to speak out in contradiction to Bryan. We continue to fight.

But, lawyers are expensive. A lawsuit like this is extraordinarily time consuming and stressful mentally, emotionally, and financially. All defendants have another year or possibly longer to continue this battle. So far, we have incurred over $65,000 in legal fees . Credit cards are maxed out and some of us have had to rely on the generosity of family members for housing, government aid for food, and loans from family and friends to pay legal fees and other bills. The legal bills continue to mount.

The entire court case/legal filing is in the public record. Any citizen can look it up at the Salt Lake County 3rd District Court at the Matheson Courthouse. The case file number is #180901001. This is free to access at this location. You can also use the court’s online xchange system, but it does require a small fee: https://www.utcourts.gov/xchange/subscribe/

Many of you have reached out asking how you can help. Please donate if you are able, and PLEASE share far and wide. Your support is greatly appreciated! If this funding request were to go viral, it would make an enormous difference in pushing back against the accused; whom we believe is determined to silence those who wish to seek the truth.

Please, if you know of someone of means or an organization whom would be willing to speak with us about funding our defense, contact us directly.

It is unknown how long this will take or how much it will cost which is why the goal is set so high.  All money raised will go directly to cover legal fees. This includes repaying those that have already loaned us money to help with our legal fees.

If you are uncomfortable donating through the fundrazr platform (which is like gofundme, but does not siphon off a fee for the service) or would like to donate to a specific person, you can contact their lawyers directly at:

Ryan Bell representing Matt and Amber 
Kunzler PC
rbell@kba.law 
(801)939-3686 

Each and every penny is greatly appreciated and no amount is “too small”. NONE of us involved are willing to sign an injunction forcing us to be quiet. We hope to fight to the end and let the courts decide.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Amber Moore-Barcus
Matt Talbert

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