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And the gloves come off…
Former DIFF founder and CEO, Neil Stephenson is back in court. But this time in the UK
December 3, 2008 2:53 by kippreport
Neil Stephenson is back. Not in Dubai, but in the spotlight. After dropping a lawsuit he filed against Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) chairman Abdulhamid Juma and managing director Shivani Pandya in California, the former CEO and founder of DIFF filed a new one in the UK High Court of Justice on December 2.
Neil Stephenson claims his former colleagues falsely accused him of being a “racist” and an “Arab hater.” He also claims the two defendants conspired to get him removed from his position as CEO of DIFF in 2006.
Stephenson, a British national, has also filed a complaint with the British-UAE All Party Parliamentary Group at Westminster, and will file another complaint with the Anti-Defamation League.
This is all bad publicity for DIFF, which is scheduled to start on December 11, especially given how keen DIFF is to promote tolerance and understanding.
If Stephenson’s allegations prove to be true, the very executives who preach broadmindedness may exposed as hypocrites. It would show that similar to the racism seen in nations such as the US and the UK toward Arabs, foreigners in prominent positions in the Middle East can be defamed by their colleagues by a casual stroke of the pen. Once defamed, a foreigner would be hard pressed to find another job in the region.
Kipp will inform you of updates as they arise.—DB