Thursday, 16 February 2012
Robert Parker: 'yet to get Budd in a sit-down face to face' Who has tried please?
'Blogger Budd won't talk to us!!'
In a further post (02.15.2012) on his bulletin board Robert Parker has suggested that his various teams of lawyers have been trying to arrange a 'sit-down face to face' with me since the beginning of December:
'This is why I have hired lawyers as well as the international firm of KROLL conducting investigations and interviews....and they have doing this since the beginning of December, and have yet to get Budd in a sit-down face to face. Hopefully he can find the time this week as I would like to bring this matter to a conclusion. I suggest everyone would be prudent to wait for the final report we will share with subscribers, and make your own judgments based on what has been a very thorough analysis of allegations we have taken very seriously.'
Good morning Mr Parker,
Re: 'a sit-down face to face' (Alice in Maryland?)
I'm afraid I find this increasingly mystifying and bizarre. You are absolutely right to say that your lawyers 'have yet to get Budd in a sit-down face to face' for the very simple reason that no-one has asked me. No-one from Cozen O'Connor, Kroll or even The Wine Advocate has to date contacted me to ask for a 'face to face' meeting or even a phone interview. Yesterday I set out in full my correspondence with Stephen Miller.
I will admit to being more than a trifle perplexed. I hope your lawyers haven't been telling you that they have tried without success to set up a meeting with me. If they have been trying to contact me, I can only assume they rely on pigeon post, smoke signals or perhaps, clairvoyance. Please ask them instead to use email and I can provide a contact number. Alternatively I can be reached on Skype.
Following your earlier erroneous comment that I have been 'been reluctant to talk with us, I emailed Stephen Miller of Cozen O'Connor yesterday morning asking for clarification and copied you and The Wine Advocate in. To date I have had no response or acknowledgement from anyone. Sadly not a surprise that you haven't responded as you haven't acknowledged any of the several emails I have sent you starting from 23rd November 2011.
Unless you have evidence to the contrary I would be most grateful if you would make it clear on your bulletin board that you were mistaken to suggest that I have been reluctant to talk and that no attempt has yet been made to set up a meeting with me.
'This blogger'/ 'blogger Budd'