Matt Hickey Close to Losing Lawsuit Over Alleged Fake Porn Recruiter Scam

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1
If he is guilty of a crime he should go to jail (or whatever is done in Seattle).
Lots of criminals around Seattle.
It's sad.
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I'm a chicago attorney, not a Seattle attorney...so take this with a grain of salt (that I know nothing about Washington state civil procedure). That said, default orders in many jurisdictions are very easy to vacate. So long as the vacate motion is timely, many courts routinely grant them (the policy being that courts prefer to rule on the merits as opposed to a technical default).

So that said, it doesn't mean this guy is going to file a motion to vacate (he may have defaulted because he can't afford an attorney at this point...and he can't represent himself since he's sitting in prison). But it also doesn't necessarily mean the case is nearing a conclusion either.
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@1: "Lots of criminals around Seattle.
It's sad."

I hear they have braindamaged trolls under the bridge wherever you reside.

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How did he come up with those crazy fake names?! Is there a fake name algorithm for criminals on the dark web?
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Yo! @3
Are you one too?
Way to go babe!
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@2 I don't think anyone believes this is a done deal, but it's nice to hear that it's progressing.
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@4: He knew at least one girl with that name. She's not pleased.
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Crap. No offense to her. I should have known that. I've read so many "Stranger" stories on Hickey that I should at least be able to get a B- on a quiz.
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@3 but is it trolling if the doofus is just stating the obvious and making no real point at all? just a kind of verbal farting?

E.g. People breathe air.
Lots of people cough in Seattle.
It's sad.
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@2 I'm also speaking out of school as an LA attorney, but down here the defendant can move to set aside the default, but it won't succeed if the plaintiff can demonstrate that the default was the result of a legal strategy. Here, if I'm remembering correctly, Hickey CHOSE not to respond. Like, the money it would cost to answer would exceed what his attorney thought the plaintiff stood to gain. Again, I might be remembering wrong, but I think he chose not to respond because his lawyer didn't think the court would find for the plaintiff on their theory in default, therefore the lack of response was the product of a concrete legal strategy and not an error that can be set aside. Which is stupid because it would have been way safer to challenge it on a motion for summary judgment or a judgement on the pleadings. But therein lies the peril of cutting corners to save money. Occasionally the court paves new ground by finding against your client and the $1500 they saved in skipping your motion hourlys comes back to bite them in a big way.
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@10, and here it comes down to timing. If you file your Motion to vacate within 30 days of the default judgement, I won't say that it's granted automatically, but it's nearly automatic. If you wait more than 30 days, it gets a helluva lot harder (i won't say impossible, but nearly impossible if you sat on your rights).

And as we know...none of this has any direct bearing on Washington state law, but if what you say were applicable, i can't imagine many lawyers trying that tactic. Sounds like a nice way to commit malpractice.
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Yes, you need to be a real porn recruiter to not be accused of rape numbskull. Should have gotten a business license.
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There's plenty of jailhouse attorneys/ paralegals in jail that would help him out with an answer. Unless he's an assholeThat's what I'm guessing.
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Simone Says @12 - did you read the article? He's being charged with violating consumer protection laws for the fake porn audition scamming he did. He's being charged with rape for the raping he did.
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What horror. The porn industry can be more victimizing than prostitution.
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@17: Yes, although it's a depraved business ripe for exploitation, Hickey's deceit and actions broke laws and were illegal. These women were responsible, Hickey wasn't.
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@16 The Porn Industry didn't cause this, Matt Hickey did. If you read any of Sydney's articles about this whole ordeal, she did interview a Porn Producer who describes how they recruit actors and actresses.

The Porn Industry is a brutal, cynical and exploitative business, but they have nothing to do with Matt Hickey's rapes of these women in the porn auditions.. Hickey is also being charged with three rapes outside of the auditions, but he used the similar ways to rape the women as well..
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@18: That should be "These women weren't responsible, Hickey was."
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@20 That's right, the women where not responsible for responding to a creepy porn producer ad with the hopes of earning money in porn. Someone forced them to do it.
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Same shitbags blaming rape victims are ready to demand martial law if their unlocked car gets cleaned out or somebody helps themselves to the box of electronics sitting on their doorstep all day long.

The Stranger should give up deleting these troll pricks. "Accidentally" leak their IP addresses, browsing history and whatever else they've exposed. Dox the fuckers. They only have themselves to blame.
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@21. Whether someone responds to a porn audition ad or not, they are not "asking for it".. These women were raped under false pretenses. Matt HIckey went to some pretty big depths to rape these women. He not only used a false identity, he lied about his role as a recruiter. He used a lot of subterfuge, because he wanted these women to give consent under false pretenses. In one case he used his usual rape method of getting his victim inebriated so she couldn't give consent..

Matt Hickey isn't being criminally charges for the rapes at the porn auditions, he is being charged for raping three women with either false consent or getting them so drunk they couldnt' give consent. This is about a sexual predator who through trial and error, found a way to rape women.

I have seen too many "blame the victims", especially those who thought they were going to a porn audition. There was no porn audition, it was a false front to rape these women. It is the same if Matt HIckey did a porn audition and kidnapped these women.. It was all set up with false pretenses.
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@22: Here you go Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn, here's mine: 2501:302:9700:b3d0:3d49:212a:21c0:b07f.
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@23 "These women were raped under false pretenses."

No, a fraud was perpetrated. The sex was under fails pretence, but it was not forced upon them. By saying they were raped, you insult women who actually were raped.
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Says the dude whose job it is to speak for women who were raped. You should try reading your posts out loud to yourself some time, bud.
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Matt Hickey should be sentenced to the maximum time allowed.
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@25 "By saying they were raped, you insult women who actually were raped."

No, Mr. Rape Apologist, I am stating they were raped, and Matt Hickey went to great lengths to set up to rape them and try to get away with it. I am only giving my opinions about Rape Apologists like yourself and what Matt Hickey did to these women at his so called auditions for these young women..
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Should there be a rape fourth degree? Consent received under legitimately fraudulent pretense? Basically if you lose a fraud charge and that fraud led to sex, it can be classified as rape despite consent.
30
Hey, where's that one guy/gal who calls everyone a RepubliKKKan? Must be taking Sunday off so I will fill in; Matt Hockey is a RepubliKKKan.
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^Hickey
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@29 I just want there to be a "Hickey's Law" that this scumbag's name is attached to for time immemorial.
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Nobody was raped. Hickey is being persecuted, and is being tried via the biased media like The Stranger. President Trump will ban The Stranger and free Matt Hickey in 2017 and it will be glorious.
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@25 Arty : you are misrepresenting what happened here, and i really can't see how you don't know it. but for the sake of clarity:

1 matt hickey is being charged with rape for the rapes he committed by raping women;

2 matt hickey is guilty of fraud for the fraud he perpetrated in his fraudulent porn scam; and

3 though hickey is being charged with actual rape and actual fraud, many people feel hickey's actions in the scam also amount to rape. if those actions rise to that level, then in no way does one instance of "women who actually were raped" insult another different instance of "women who actually were raped" in a different way. in addition, it is not an insult to "women who actually were raped" to discuss where another action amounts to rape or not.

you, here on slog, have been very judgmental of these women. you refer to porn as prostitution (conflating a legal act with an illegal one), and continually assert that the women should have known better (despite the nature of the fraud). these are the ideas of a rape apologist. you blame the women for being immoral, wanting to act illegally, and being reckless. when, IN FACT, the women have done nothing immoral, did nothing illegal, were not attempting to do anything illegal, and were not in any way, shape, or form reckless. you are a basic victim blamer, and, thus, a rape apologist.

you are a rape apologist and you are a huge part of the problem.

you are the problem.

let that sink in.

you are a rape apologist.

let that sink in.

you will split hairs to defend a known rapist who raped and committed fraud with sexual motivation.

here are some of your past statements:

"If he had done anything illegal, he would be jail."
(my note: well guess what? he's in jail now.)

"and remember they thought they were auditioning for the position of a PAID SEX WORKER, sometimes known as a prostitute"

"People get totally shit-faced and are surprised stuff hapens? What about 'Personal Responsibility'?" (sic)

so, yeah, you've been wrong all the way, and now you still want to argue?

adults can reasonably discuss if this -- one of the worst known cases of fraud with sexual motivation which also happens to have been committed by a man on trial for multiple rapes -- reasonable adults can discuss if his fraudulent actions arise to the level of rape without insulting women who were "actually" raped.
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@26- says the racist that wants rapists to be referred to as students.
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Jesus, Hickey's lawyer must hate the shit out of him too - get that man a shave and a suit, that's like defender 101.
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Total Victim Society, going on here. Apparently the sleaze-ball Matt Hickry is the only person who needs to take responsibility for their actions, everyone else is a "Victim" and get's a free ride for their lack of common sense. But hey, we all know that for the most part, random people advertising for porn actresses on Backpage are, you know, upstanding citizens.
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"Free ride"? What free ride? What exactly do you think they're being given?

Stop making shit up, OK? You're not fooling anybody.
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@4 he didn't make up fake names, he used 1 woman's name & another woman's photo thinking no one would ever google image search.
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@37 arty, do you agree that there are victims of hickey's actions here? tell me, what responsibility should the victims of his fraud take? how does his victims taking whatever responsibility you deem appropriate change what is happening to hickey? or is it your view that there are no victims here? no victims of fraud?

is it your theory that someone can create a fake business with fake employees and fake documents and fake references, and that that shouldn't be the crime of fraud? a crime that can victimize people?

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So if Law Enforcement defrauds a sex worker in order to arrest her, is that rape?
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Just logging on to see if this websites rape apologists are still morons.

Yep
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@39 actually, her photos weren't traceable via any image searches. She was found via 6 degrees of separation by "Maisie" who was the woman who initially realized that Matt Hickey was pretending to be the female porn recruiter, and who linked his IPs. She shared her picture on her Facebook and asked friends to spread it around.