Bitcoin developer Peter Todd faces sexual misconduct allegations

18 Jul, 2019 | Updated: 18 Jul, 2019
by David Robb
Bitcoin developer Peter Todd faces sexual misconduct allegations

One of the most prominent Bitcoin developers is facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations. Details have emerged of the alleged actions of Peter Todd, who is currently suing one of his accusers for defamation.

Todd, who has been one of the top 25 contributors to Bitcoin Core dating back to 2012, filed a defamation lawsuit in April of this year against Isis Agora Lovecruft, after she tweeted that her fellow software engineer was a "rapist". Three other individuals have now accused Todd of speaking or acting abusively or inappropriately towards them or others, as part of Lovecruft's movement to dismiss the case.

One of these accusers was Zooko Wilcox, one of the co-founders of Zcash (ZEC), a project that Todd was initially involved with and has subsequently been an outspoken critic of. In Lovecruft's declaration, she claims that Wilcox connected her with two female friends of his, who had stories of being sexually harassed and raped by Todd. Lovecruft herself claims that Todd had made unwanted sexual advances towards her, as well as being physically threatening.

Jane Doe, one of the anonymous accusers referred to Lovecruft by Wilcox, claimed that the incidents deterred her from working in crypto: "There are other areas of computer science, I just don’t want to see him ever again...I’m past worrying about the broader crypto community. I just want to live my life...The only thing I could think about in the days afterward is worrying that he’d contact me or retaliate."

The issue of the crypto community's toxic culture has been brought up several times in the past. Women are generally underrepresented in the space, and many link this to the sexually inappropriate behaviour of some members. Coingeek founder and Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV) supporter Calvin Ayre faced controversy some months ago after being photographed partying in the Caribbean with girls who appeared to be below the age of consent. Also, the aggressive attitude of so-called 'Bitcoin maximalists' towards those who see value in particular altcoins has been criticized heavily.

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