Defamation Lawsuit Leads to Tense Confrontation in Maine

By David Sharp
ABC News
June 11, 2015

The lawyer for an orphanage founder accused of sexually abusing boys in Haiti got into a heated confrontation with a man who advocates for child victims, shouting "Shut up!" as the sides met in Maine for a deposition in a defamation lawsuit.

The tense exchange erupted as orphanage founder Michael Geilenfeld arrived for a deposition in a lobby where Paul Kendrick suggested that the truth was being covered up and that Geilenfeld left Haiti illegally.

Geilenfeld's lawyer, Peter DeTroy, advised his client not to answer any questions and snapped "shut up!" and "keep your mouth shut!" to Kendrick.

"Get him under control!" DeTroy angrily told Kendrick's lawyer, David Walker, as DeTroy waited for elevator doors to close.

The group later met behind closed doors for the deposition as plaintiff and defendant met face-to-face in Maine, where the defamation lawsuit is due to proceed next month.








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