Sam Kellner

Abuse Whistleblower’s Case Vs. Forward Can Proceed

Judge refuses to throw out Sam Kellner’s defamation suit against Jewish newspaper.

03/01/2016 - 17:11

Sam Kellner’s defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward lives to fight another day.

Last week, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra A. James denied the newspaper’s motion to dismiss the case, which was filed by Kellner in November 2014.

Score For Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower In Forward Suit

Judge allows Sam Kellner's defamation suit against Jewish newspaper to go forward.

02/25/2016 - 13:59

Sam Kellner's defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward lives to fight another day.

Sam Kellner with his attorneys, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui

Chasidic Abuse Whistleblower Suing Dershowitzes

Sam Kellner accuses brothersof telling press he tried to extort bribes — the same day the DA exonerated him.

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

Four years after his life was turned upside down by charges he committed extortion and bribery, chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner is fighting back against those he thinks wronged him in the press. Late last year he sued The Jewish Daily Forward for defamation. And last week he filed papers initiating a defamation action against Alan and Nathan Dershowitz, the high-profile lawyers who represented, Baruch Lebovits, who Kellner alleges sexually abused his son.

Sam Kellner with his attorneys from previous cases, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.  Hella Winston/JW

Chasidic Abuse Whistleblower Suing Dershowitz Brothers

Sam Kellner accuses them of telling press he tried to extort bribes — the same day the DA exonerated him.

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

Four years after his life was turned upside down by charges he committed extortion and bribery, chasidic sex abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner is fighting back against those he thinks wronged him in the press. Late last year he sued The Jewish Daily Forward for defamation. And last week he filed papers initiating a defamation action against Alan and Nathan Dershowitz, the high-profile lawyers who represented, Baruch Lebovits, who Kellner alleges sexually abused his son.

Alan Dershowitz. Getty Images

DA’s Ties To Satmar Leader Raising Eyebrows

Son of key figure in Kellner extortion case was hefty contributor to Thompson’s campaign.

12/23/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

When the bribery and extortion charges against chasidic sex-abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner were finally dropped last March by incoming Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, advocates for abuse victims hailed the decision. At the same time, they urged Thompson to investigate and bring to justice those who allegedly framed Kellner, who was indicted in 2011 under the administration of the former DA, Charles Hynes.

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson, right,  pays a recent shiva call to Satmar leader Moshe Friedman, left.

Sam Kellner’s Defamation Suit Calls Paper a ‘Pravda for Pedophiles’

Calls 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for extortion, but whose case was dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Sam Kellner and his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Niall MacGiollabhui.

Chasidic Sex Abuse Whistleblower Sues The Forward For Defamation

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was an attempt at ‘low grade character assassination.'

11/15/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Sam Kellner, the chasidic sex abuse whistleblower who was indicted in 2011 for bribery and extortion, but whose case dismissed in early 2014, has filed a defamation suit against The Jewish Daily Forward.

Wachtler-Hynes Emails Had It Wrong On Kellner

11/04/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sol Wachtler wasn’t a big fan of The Jewish Week’s coverage of the bribery and extortion prosecution of chasidic child abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner.

Sol Wachtler, left, told former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes that he disagreed with Jewish Week series on chasidic child abuse.

Abuse Advocates Weigh In On Thompson

After release of Orthodox suspects’ names, Brooklyn DA gets mixed reviews.

08/12/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Kenneth Thompson unseated longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes last November, advocates for Jewish victims of sex abuse were jubilant.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. Getty Images

Kellner’s Lawyer Seeking Tougher Sentence For Molester

Urges judge to consider new witness intimidation allegations by Baruch Lebovits’ associates.

07/07/2014 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

On the eve of convicted child molester Baruch Lebovits’ sentencing, a lawyer for Sam Kellner is asking both the judge and probation officer to consider Lebovits’ other alleged victims as well as alleged witness intimidation, tampering and perjury committed by Lebovits’ associates in connection with both his and Kellner’s prosecutions.

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his attorneys, Niall MacGiollabhui, center, and Michael Dowd.  Hella Winston
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