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Terry Bean's Attorney Posts a Defense Regarding Extortion Claims On His Facebook Page

The attorney for Terry Bean has posted a defense of the Portland real-estate developer and Oregon political figure, after  WW's cover story today  on allegations he is the victim of extortion by a former boyfriend. The story says Kiah Lawson claims to have discovered a hidden camera above Bean's bed that was capturing images of men having sex. Bean, through his attorney, said the security system ...

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The attorney for Terry Bean has posted a defense of the Portland real-estate developer and Oregon political figure, after WW's cover story today on allegations he is the victim of extortion by a former boyfriendThe story says Kiah Lawson claims to have discovered a hidden camera above Bean's bed that was capturing images of men having sexBean, through his attorney, said the security system was never used for illegal or improper purposes. The message from attorney Kristen Winemiller appeared on Bean's Facebook.From the Desk of Kristen Winemiller Attorney-at law Pacific Northwest Law LLPJune 4, 2014Re: Willamette Week Article about Terry BeanDear Friends:Willamette Week published a story today about Terry Bean that lays out crimes perpetrated against him by a group of men who have been threatening Terry for the past four and a half months and details some of their methods and allegationsThe story relies on convicted criminals, with ulterior motives, for the allegations told about Terry.Here is the real and basic story:Terry Bean has lived in Oregon his whole life and has been an active member of the Portland LGBT community for over 40 yearsIt is well known that Terry’s generosity has touched every walk of Portland lifeHe is also a respected businessman who has built a successful real estate company. Unfortunately, Terry made the mistake of falling for the wrong guy: Kiah LawsonAnd for the past four and a half months, Terry has been the victim of a crime ring of men who have broken into his homes, stolen money and personal items and tried to extort money from him by threatening his public reputationThey stole his passwords, overwrote his electronic communications and engaged in complicated identity theft to make their actions appear to be coming from TerryThis apparent drug fueled activity was masterminded by Lawson and his associates. MrBean has initiated law enforcement action has begun against these menAn investigation is currently underway that MrBean fully supports. He will reserve his comments on the evidence while law enforcement is investigating.In the meantime, here are some important facts:-Substantial facts about the crimes have already been shared with the criminal investigators.-Multiple witnesses are corroborating Terry’s story to law enforcement.-Other victims who wish not to be publicly named have also made similar claims were given legal support to facilitate their reports to law enforcement.-Terry has a security system throughout his house to protect his many valuablesIt operates on a hard drive that overwrites itself at short intervalsNo footage from that system is separately archived or used beyond the intended purpose of a security systemAnd Willamette Week offered no proof to suggest otherwiseLawson is the only person who has accessed the system for an inappropriate purpose in order to fabricate a story for his crimesAnd until that break-in in January 2014, Terry never accessed that system nor did he know how to do so.-There is substantial evidence that proves that Lawson and his associates engineered the fabrications underlying the Willamette Week story's premise in order to cover up their crimes.Terry looks forward to law enforcement putting an end to the campaign these thieves have waged against himPlease respect Terry's desire to let law enforcement do its workHe has chosen not to give out any more details at this time so as not to interfere with law enforcement action.How you can help:Don’t speculate beyond what is written hereSimply expressing your confidence in Terry's good character is importantHe is a man of integrity and good willIf you know him, that is what you should shareResist allowing yourself to be drawn into speculation or debate - that will only fuel the media coverage at a time that law enforcement should be supported rather than impeded and usurped. In comments, social media and conversation, having Terry's back will mean the world to himHe appreciates your support and good words in this difficult timeHe looks forward to expending his energy on more affirmative and productive pursuits again soon.The following is what Governor Barbara Roberts wrote to Willamette Week earlier this week:To the editor, Terry Bean is not just a dear and trusted friend of mine - a well known fact - but I am also privy to the situation regarding Mr Kiah Lawson and have been from the startFor this reason, I implore you to consider two things with your story. First, please recognize that Terry is the victim hereRegardless of whether he is given a chance chance to refute them, unsubstantiated charges and innuendos will stain his reputationPlease reputationPlease don't give credence to the same accusations that were threatened by his his extortionistsEven if your story is clear on their criminal records and I understand there are there are multiple, repeating the charges against Terry seems to be doing their bidding and not and not honoring the truth of a man who has been a respected and generous member of the the Portland community for his entire life. Second, since I have been aware of this situation from the start, I am an appropriate witness for witness for Terry in your articleI have full faith in doing so because as soon as Terry found out found out what Kiah was doing to him, he confided it to me - in late JanuaryI followed his his attempts to help Kiah get treatment for his drug problem and to ignore his own safety to do safety to do soHe really cared about this man and as such, it took a bit longer than it should should have to wake him up to the fact that he was conspiring against him with help from from othersI am so relieved it is now in law enforcement's hands. Please put the following quote in your story attributable to me, "I have known Terry Bean for 30 yearsThere is no finer or more trustworthy man in OregonHe has helped so many peopleI also met MrLawson and was privy to the incredible deceit and crimes he and his associates inflicted on Terry for many monthsI am hopeful that law enforcement acts swiftly to put an end to this charade and I feel terrible for Terry that this unfortunate incident has become public".Sincerely, Barbara RobertsThank you. Please refer all media inquiries to my office. Very Truly Yours, Kristen LWinemiller Follow @wweek !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Tweet   SHARE PRINT COMMENT FONT SIZE RATE volumes function initialize() { var src = document.getElementById("obj_src").value; var dest = document.getElementById("obj_dest").value; 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