Talk about a case of mistaken identity! Christopher Knight, best known for his role as Peter in The Brady Bunch, was falsely accused of assault and battery earlier this week.
Several publications claimed he was being sued by his former accountant Charlie Netel after a business deal went bad. They reported that he allegedly “assaulted and committed battery,” but the only problem is, they had the wrong guy!
Christopher is now speaking out to Hollyscoop EXCLUSIVELY and clears up the false reports. Here is his open letter:
“As this story relates to me, it is completely and utterly bogus.”
I don’t know Charlie Netel. I have never had a relationship, professional or otherwise, with a Charlie Netel. I’ve never been a client of a Charlie Netel. I’ve never hired a Charlie Netel. In fact, throughout my database of contacts don’t have I even one person with the surname of “NETEL.” Additionally I’m not being sued by anyone, least a person by the name of Charlie Netel. That said, who is Charlie Netel and why is he causing me to utter his name over and over?
If I’m to believe the accuracy of recent reports, Mr. Nevel is either a business manage or accountant who was assaulted by someone named Chris Knight. If I’m to guess, this information was either gained from painstaking and professional courthouse dumpster-diving, or from aggressively blind and journalistically dilettantish Web searching. Either way, the identity concluded and reported as the aggressor in this story is wrong. All that I have in common with the supposed aggressor is in name.
It is amazing to me that a major international publication, be it Radar Online, TMZ or MSNBC, would run a potentially libelous story such as this without at least making sure of the identity of the participants. I would hope that they check facts and care to be correct in their reporting. At least that the person(s) they are reporting on IS (are) THE ACTUAL person(s), and not someone sharing the same namesake.
Everyone who knows me knows that this type of behavior is completely out of character for me – it is simply not my style.
I feel that it’s not just deplorable that such baseless allegations can fly in the media without so much as credible and mature research; but more importantly this kind of Google search reporting and assumptive analysis is a root cause of the fundamental disconnect intelligent rational people are having with the 24/7 Now’s cycle. Just because the news says it… no longer means it’s true. I guess ratings are more important than truth.
As I research my legal recourse for the baseless. lazy reporting in this “news” story and the damage done to me and my heretofore reasonably respectable image, I ask that those calling themselves reporters of and in the entertainment industry leave me out of your ratings hunt. Or… at the very least stop making shit up about me.