Crypto YouTuber Benjamin “Bitboy” Armstrong has filed yet another lawsuit against some of his former colleagues and affiliates last week over an “unlawfully stolen” Lamborghini and “a pattern of racketeering,” according to Armstrong, his attorneys, and documents viewed by Decrypt.
Armstrong’s latest complaint, which was stamped by the Superior Court in Cobb County, Georgia on November 1, names six defendants: Hit Network CEO Timothy Shedd Jr., Hit Network CFO Timothy Shedd Sr., Voomio CEO Justin Williams, Hit Network show regular Allison Fiveash, Hit Network Head of Content Nickolas Dimondi, and company affiliate Carlos Diaz.
Shedd, Williams, and Fiveash have not yet responded to Decrypt’s requests for comment. Shedd Sr. and Diaz could not be reached for comment.
“This type of bullying is what we have come to expect from Ben Armstrong,” Dimondi told Decrypt when reached for comment on the latest filing. “The entire complaint is laughable on its face and has no merit in court.”
The complaint alleges that Diaz made verbal threats toward Armstrong on multiple occasions and allegedly claimed that Diaz had ties to organized crime.
Armstrong further claims that Diaz also allegedly called Armstrong’s wife, Bethany Armstrong, on August 30 after Ben Armstrong filed his first suit against the Shedds and media company Hit Network, threatening Ben Armstrong’s life unless a $3.2 million sum was paid and a public apology issued.
The suit additionally alleges that Diaz “forced” Armstrong to transfer the title of his 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante on September 1, and that the Hit Network Defendants then gave Diaz the vehicle’s title and keys. Armstrong’s complaint argues that he is still the rightful owner of the luxury vehicle, and alleges that Diaz has repeatedly refused to return the car.
In a purported effort to retrieve the vehicle, Armstrong livestreamed himself outside of Diaz’s residence, but was arrested by police and briefly detained on September 25.
The latest complaint also alleges that the defendants engaged in a “civil conspiracy” and violated Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Enterprises Act (RICO Act) because “two or more” of the defendants allegedly conspired to engage in “conversion” of the Lamborghini—a legal term which refers to an intentional tort where individuals take the chattel property of another with the goal of depriving the other of it.
Armstrong’s suit therefore alleges the defendants have “engaged in a pattern of racketeering by engaging in a series of acts, schemes, and transactions that were all committed with the intent to extort the Lamborghini and money from Armstrong.”
More than six legal complaints involving Armstrong have been filed in Georgia within the past four months. After the YouTuber withdrew his first suit, the Shedds filed a countersuit against Armstrong on September 11. Armstrong then refiled his initial suit on September 12.
Shedd Jr. and Williams, along with their respective companies, then filed another suit against Armstrong on September 28 alleging libel and slander, to name a few of the claims. Shedd Jr. also filed a “stalking” complaint against Ben Armstrong on September 28, according to the Cobb County Superior Court’s online records.
Armstrong told Decrypt in a message that Shedd has withdrawn his stalking complaint, but the case is still listed as “open” on the Cobb County Clerk’s online records at time of publication. The county clerk separately confirmed to Decrypt that the other cases are still pending.
Edited by Ryan Ozawa.