Threats and Accusations

10th October 2014

A bit of a storm has arisen around the psychic Sally Morgan, and the recording that has surfaced showing her husband threatening a leafleter outside one of her performances.

I make no comment here about whether psychics are real. You probably have an opinion on this already. You may think they really can contact the dead, and provide comfort to bereaved relatives. You may think that they are parasites feeding on grief. You may think they are just a bit of harmless fun.

Mark Tilbrook clearly feels that there is a problem with people claiming to be able to contact the dead, and he produced a leaflet to hand out at performances by various psychics. After verbal intimidation and legal threats from Sally Morgan’s team, he linked up with the Good Thinking Society to organise Psychic Awareness Month, and hand out leaflets in a defence of the right to fair criticism.

Here’s a clip of the sort of intimidation he faced.

 

Sally Morgan Enterprises have today released a statement, which I think deserves some comment. Hence this post you’re reading. Here right now. It begins:

Sally Morgan Enterprises would like to apologise for any offence caused by the material. Since April 2014, Mark Tilbrook has targeted Sally Morgan’s live performances; handing out leaflets to audience members. On several occasions theatre staff have had to call the police in order to get him removed.

This is quite a serious claim. I would be interested to see confirmation that police have been called to any venue, whether it was the theatre staff that decided they should call or whether it was done at the behest of Sally Morgan’s entourage. Most importantly, if police were called, did they actually consider it appropriate to remove Mark Tilbrook, and on what grounds? Was he arrested? If they didn’t think it necessary to remove him, repeatedly calling the police could be argued to be harassment of Mark Tilbrook and an attempt to stifle his right to offer fair criticism and comment.

Given the abuse Sally has endured over the past three years, which have included severe death threats and incidences of stalking; Sally was left fearing for her own safety once again.

I do not know why this paragraph would be included unless Sally Morgan Enterprises intends to link Mark Tilbrook with the described death threats and stalking. Do they accuse him of those acts? Again, that would be quite a serious claim. If they don’t wish to accuse him of making death threats and of stalking, then taking out their frustrations on him because they have received such threats is no more fair than taking them out on the cashier down the local supermarket.

At the very least, I would have hoped that, as an apparent victim of death threats herself, Sally might have been a little more unequivocal in her response to death threats being delivered on camera by her husband.

Due to the continual presence of Mark Tilbrook and John Morgan’s ever-growing concern for Sally, he reacted angrily and out of character.
Sally was not aware of the comments made in this video. She is very upset by the events, does not condone any of the behaviour and can only assume that this was the cause of persistent hounding that lead to this altercation.

This appears to be an attempt to lay responsibility for the threatening homophobic comments made by her husband on the person leafleting outside her performances. Whatever their opinion of Mark Tilbrook, I am struggling to understand how graphic homophobic comments, together with threats of violence, would be justified at any time.

Although the Psychic Awareness month hosted by Good Thinking Society has come to light in recent weeks, the original leaflet given out by Mark Tilbrook contained different information which both Sally and SME felt made targeted references to her and not psychics in general, hence why legal advice has been taken.

The original leaflet is here. The SME statement does not appear to me to be correct. I cannot see how it makes targeted reference to her, unless the practices about which it warns are practices she identifies in herself. Which would be a revealing admission to make.

I await with interest a clarification of the situation.

 

Edit 14th October 2014:

Sally Morgan has issued a second statement saying that she has sacked both her husband and son-in-law, while still not really apologising for their actions.

You should also read this letter sent on behalf of Mark Tilbrook to Sally Morgan’s solicitors. It’s, well, wow. Just read it.

2 Responses to “Threats and Accusations”

  1. Nick Brown October 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Isn’t it actually illegal to make the kind of threats that John Morgan does in that video?

  2. alcaponejunior October 13, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    How long are you gonna wait for that clarification? LOL. Hope you’ve got some time to kill….

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