In a class-action lawsuit against “BitBoy Crypto” YouTuber Ben Armstrong and other crypto influencers for allegedly endorsing the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Armstrong’s attorneys said that they had received several threats from Armstrong.
After the lawsuit was filed on March 15, according to a March 20 court filing by the class action’s attorneys in a Florida district court, Armstrong “began harassing” the attorneys with “endless phone calls, tweets, and emails,” as well as “insulting and threatening posts on Twitter, YouTube, and other social media.”
In the lawsuit, which wants $1 billion, Armstrong is one of numerous alleged “FTX influencers” who are accused of “promot[ing] [the] FTX crypto fraud without disclosing compensation.”
Armstrong allegedly made “up to 21 calls in a 45-minute period at times” and left voicemails “full of vulgarities” that “specifically” targeted the attorneys.
According to the petition, Armstrong reportedly warned Adam Moskowitz, one of the attorneys involved in the class-action lawsuit, in a voicemail that “we’re going to have First Amendment protesters around your house 24/7 day and night.”
Another message allegedly informed the lawyers that their “home addresses” were “being circulated on Reddit.”
In a statement, Armstrong said: “I haven’t made a single call ever to them,” and that he “tweeted about them and emailed them several times.”
“I’m going to have Adam Moskowitz’s legal license taken from him. It’s my personal mission to embarrass him. The lack of due diligence by his law team is atrocious. And they will reap what they have sewn.”
What’s illegal: putting someone on a lawsuit with absolutely no merit
What’s legal: threatening to take someone’s legal license to practice law. And not sure if you guys know but it is not illegal to call someone a name. You do it all the time 😂
— Ben Armstrong (@Bitboy_Crypto) March 21, 2023
In the petition, Armstrong’s March 16 YouTube video was also mentioned. According to the complaint, it was intended for the plaintiff’s attorneys and those who paid for the lawsuit and warned them that Armstrong was “coming at them with full force.”
Armstrong, according to the attorneys, “encouraged others to join the attacks.”
Armstrong allegedly told Moskowitz that “these people are dangerous” and may get “you and your family shot” in another message, which prompted a report to the police.
In another email, which was also included in the filing, Armstrong is said to have called Moskowitz a “bitch” and an “unbelievably dumb mother fucker” before going on to claim that he “never even promoted FTX” and warning him to “expect a counter suit bitch.”
Armstrong sued fellow YouTube clip producer Erling Mengshoel Jr., commonly known by the handle “Atozy,” for defamation but eventually abandoned the case, according to a court document. This is alleged “not the first time” Armstrong has sparked “threatening controversy.”
In response to a November 2021 YouTube video titled “This YouTuber scams his fans…Bitboy Crypto,” which claimed Armstrong was dishonestly pushing assets to his audience for his own advantage, Armstrong filed a lawsuit against Mengshoel in August 2022.
A few weeks later, after Mengshoel was able to fund more than $200,000 for his defense in less than 24 hours, Armstrong declared “Atozy has won” and that he was withdrawing the lawsuit during a live stream.