Richard Weiner, the New Jersey homeowner who ended up on some classy TV news shows like “20/20,” “Nancy Grace” and “Inside Edition” after security cameras in his home recorded the antics of two Realtors who allegedly used his house for hookups, has unleashed a couple of vitriolic websites directed at Coldwell Banker and parent company Realogy.
Weiner says his name has been tarnished by false claims that he was trying to extort the former Coldwell Banker agents, and has launched the websites as a sort of pre-emptive strike against his adversaries as the lawsuit he filed against them moves toward a trial that he predicts “will be a media zoo.”
Coldwell Banker, which promptly severed ties with the agents when the allegations became public, and parent company Realogy “seem to be under the false belief that THEY are somehow ‘victims’ themselves,” Weiner said in an email sent to a number of news organizations. “This ‘belief’ has halted them from an amicable settlement and continued this ‘fight.’ ”
Liz Spikol of Philadelphia magazine offers that “there are two kinds of people in the world,” the kind “who experiences public adversity and can’t wait until the public part ends,” and “the other kind of person who experiences public adversity and embraces the visibility as if they’re gunning for a reality TV show.”