the nonce prize

    Is Min Zhu, founder and CTO of WebEx, a self-dealing child rapist?
    In the summer of 1988, Min Zhu threatened to kill his fourteen year old daughter Erin Zhu, unless she gave in to his sexual advances. Min continued to rape Erin every night until the school year began. He did not want his sexual needs to interfere with his daughter’s studies. The thoughtful patriarch henceforth confined his child abuse to frequent beatings.
    Erin Zhu has been telling this story since 1988 to friends and strangers, physicians and programmers, lawyers and policemen. Her serial rape accusations against her father are convincing. The evidence that supports them is compelling. Around the end of 1991, Erin publicized her story on the Usenet newsgroup alt.sexual.abuse.recovery. It remains accessible via Google search. A record of her subsequent complaints can be found in Santa Clara Superior Court case number CV809286, filed by Michael Zeleny in December of 2001 against the Zhus and WebEx for breach of contract.
    Erin Zhu formed a business partnership with Michael Zeleny. Their partnership lasted from January of 1995 to January 2000. It performed many jobs commissioned by Min Zhu and his company, WebEx Communications, Inc. In 1999, it entered into an agreement with WebEx. In January of 2000, WebEx reneged on their agreement.
    In January of 2000, Erin Zhu made a claim for childhood sexual abuse against Min Zhu. Shortly thereafter, Min paid his daughter $300,000. According to Erin, Min also promised to give her 500,000 shares of WebEx stock in order to settle her claim. This transfer was meant to be made in secret so as to cheat Erin’s lawyer David Affeld out of his 2.5% contingency fee for representing her rape claim against Min. Affeld had to sue the Zhus for his fees. Last November, they settled his lawsuit.
    In January of 2001, while Erin Zhu was prodding her father to complete his rape payoff, WebEx delivered to her 5,000 shares of its stock. At that time, WebEx owed 5,000 shares of its stock to Zeleny’s company. After Zeleny attempted to communicate with WebEx to recover this asset, he received anonymous death threats in the names of WebEx and Min Zhu. These threats recapitulated the pattern of Min Zhu’s intimidation, as recounted by Erin. The threats ceased as soon as Zeleny sued WebEx and the Zhus.
    On October 25 of 2004, the defendants settled Zeleny’s lawsuit. WebEx is suing Michael Zeleny in connection with his publication of this story, in Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC324927. To date, WebEx has been ordered to pay Zeleny’s attorney’s fees twice in a row for bad faith pleadings. It has been sanctioned for filing its lawsuit in an improper venue. It has also been found to have filed frivolous claims against Zeleny and will be sanctioned in an amount to be determined on June 10 of 2005.
    WebEx management is aware of the sexual abuse allegations against Min Zhu and the evidence supporting them. It continues to employ Min Zhu in its senior management. Min Zhu has refused to respond to questions regarding his daughter’s accusations.
    Child rape is a loathsome crime, all the more so when it violates the bond of trust between parent and child. WebEx shareholders continue to entrust their assets to alleged daughter rapist Min Zhu. In his proper setting, the prison lingo identifies a child molester as a nonce. On May Day of 2005 the WebEx Experience at Westin St. Francis in San Francisco shall receive a new slogan: Don’t work for the nonce.
    — Michael Zeleny@post.harvard.edu — http://www.livejournal.com/users/larvatus/
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    All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. — Samuel Beckett

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