Back in September, it was revealed that music producer Chris Nelson was suing the singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and his ex-girlfriend for purposefully defamatory remarks they made about him online.
At the time, a spokesperson for Nelson, who owns a Los Angeles based recording studio claimed that Bridgers “intentionally used her high-profile public platform on Instagram to publish false and defamatory statements regarding [Nelson] in order to destroy his reputation.”
According to TMZ, Nelson is filing for $3.8 million USD in defamation damages, owing to “false light, intentional infliction of emotional distress, intentional interference with prospective economic relations, and negligent interference with prospective economic relations,” as per Pitchfork reportage.
The initial legal filing stated: “In or around 2018, [he] and his girlfriend at the time… began having consensual sexual encounters with [Phoebe] Bridgers.”
However, when Nelson and his unnamed girlfriend broke up in the “fall of 2019”, Bridgers continued a relationship with his ex-girlfriend and thereafter the pair began spreading damaging falsehoods.
Back when the case first came to light, unearthed claims on Bridgers social media accounts and those of the suspected second defendant, referenced allegations of grooming and abuse by Nelson, as well as a post that remarked: “[Nelson] beat a young Latinx man to death… bludgeoned at least one other man with a baseball bat.”
Since then, in a court of law, the defamed producer has produced further text messages that allegedly reveal the defamation conspiracy launched against him by Bridgers and his former partner. Nelson believes that by revealing his text history with the musician he will be able to prove that the accusations against him are engineered defamation and that their breakup was actually amicable.
Naturally, Nelson has claimed that these allegations are completely false and designed to retract his credibility within the music industry. Nelson and his representatives have stated: “[He] believes that defendant Bridgers maliciously and intentionally posted the false and defamatory statements about [him] as part of a vendetta to destroy [his] reputation that was enflamed by defendant Bridgers and [his ex-girlfriend’s] sexual relationship.”
Bridgers and have management have been contacted but are yet to make a public comment on the case. Further details are expected to come to light in the coming weeks as the court case continues.