Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has been making headlines this week because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed information from his company, MGT Capital Investments, resulting in its stocks plummeting. But aside from his stock issues, McAfee has also been the subject of some incredibly damaging allegations.
According to Huffington Post, McAfee is the subject of a Showtime documentary titled Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee, which, among other things, links him to the murders of two men in Belize.
The documentary is helmed by Nanette Burstein and takes a look into what happened in Belize — a country from which McAfee allegedly fled in 2012 after police wanted to question him in connection with the death of his neighbor. Burstein spent three months in the country, investigating and interviewing many of McAfee’s former confidants, bodyguards and even his ex-girlfriends, who make him seem like a very dangerous man.
The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month, and while there is a buzz surrounding it, one person who is incredibly unimpressed with the film is McAfee (obviously). And although he declined to be interviewed as part of the documentary, he has wasted no time in rubbishing the claims that it made.
Taking to Twitter, McAfee referred to the documentary as “fraudulent.”
Sorry you're fed up. But a 90 minute documentary portrayed me as a multiple murderer, rapist and libertine. I will not stop fighting. https://t.co/o7bFglq8Xt
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) September 28, 2016
A further taste of what is to come to Showtime for their fraudulent documentary about me. Nanette should be jailed.https://t.co/jImAYHf0h5
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) September 20, 2016
He also posted a photo from a newspaper in Belize that features some of the people in the documentary, and he claims that they were paid by the filmmakers in return for their interviews.
The people who lied to Showtime in their interviews. Showtime is so fucked: pic.twitter.com/PHN6yXXRr6
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) September 25, 2016
However, Burstein denied these allegations, telling Huffington Post that McAfee gets what he wants because of “scare tactics.”
“He’s literally using scare tactics and money, the same things he was doing when he was living [in Belize] to accomplish what he wants. He has people on the payroll there,” she claims.
On the other hand, McAfee has made a statement to People magazine, in which he calls the claims “nonsense.” He said, “Let me make this perfectly clear. I had absolutely nothing to do with the murder of [his neighbor] Gregory Faull or anyone else. And I have certainly never raped anyone.”
Claims that Burstein counters, as she told the publication, “He’s incredibly smart and charismatic, but at the same time he obviously likes to bend the rules and often talks about how he pushes the limits. When he went to Belize, I think he thought he could bend the rules quite a bit.”
McAfee has also written a long rebuttal to the film, published in Medium and titled Showtime: Send the Money to this Address. In it he slams Showtime for “inducing people to fabricate stories for their documentary.”
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