Sam Kellner

Chasidic Abuse Whistleblower Suing Dershowitzes

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

03/11/2015
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.

03/10/2015
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.

12/24/2014
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.’

Sam Kellner says 2013 article about him was 'low grade character assassination.'

11/16/2014
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.'

11/16/2014
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

11/05/2014
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.

08/13/2014
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.

07/08/2014
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

Whistleblower Wants Witness Intimidation Probe

With charges dismissed, chasidic abuse whistleblower now wonders who would come forward again without investigation.

03/12/2014
Special Correspondent

‘At the lowest point in my life, the justice system reached over [and did the right thing’,” chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner told The Jewish Week last Friday morning after his three-year-long and dizzyingly complex case was thrown out.

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

Kellner Case Dismissed

Prosecutors drop all extortion and perjury charges against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner after finding the two witnesses unreliable.

03/05/2014
Special Correspondent

Prosecutors in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office dismissed all extortion and perjury charges Friday morning against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner. Assistant District Attorney Kevin O'Donnell, speaking in court Friday, said that his office conducted an independent review of the facts of the case and found the two witnesses against Kellner to be unreliable. 

"At the lowest point in my life, the justice system reached over" and did the right thing, Kellner told The Jewish Week Friday morning after his case was thrown out. "I just want to say that everything that I did was according to halacha and rabbinically OK. And what I learned is that following the rules will get you out of trouble, not into trouble."

Sam Kellner, seated at left, with his lawyers, Michael Dowd and Nail MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston
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