Jeremy Rush threatens to sue Zukul Facebook critics
The latest Zukul webinar aired earlier today. In it, owner Jeremy Rush addresses what he refers to as a number a number of issues.
Perhaps the most interesting of which is criticism on Facebook, which Rush claims he’s ready to sue over.
Rush (right) begins by addressing refunds in Zukul. He runs through how Zukul handles refunds, specifically how refunds are offered as per Zukul’s refund policy.
How big of an issue this is within Zukul I’m not sure, but Rush spends a considerable amount of time going over the refund policy.
The crux of the issue appears to be affiliates asking for a refund on all fees paid, when the Zukul refund policy only covers the initial fee.
[8:33] I don’t know why people seem to say that “Jeremy’s lied to us, he’s gone back on his word”.
(I) haven’t gone back on any word. You can still get a refund and if you’ve put in a refund request, and you’ve had support tell you you’re gunna get a refund, you will get that refund.
If you’re putting in a new request after you’ve waited all this time, after you’ve clicked them buttons and now you’re saying, “Well I don’t want to wait, I want a refund now because I need the money for Christmas”, that’s not how business works I’m afraid.
Rush leaves it that and goes on to address what he refers to as “negativity stuff”, specifically content published about him on Facebook.
After claiming to not understand why negativity is being directed at him, Rush states he’s initiated legal proceedings against his detractors.
[9:01] I don’t understand people’s negativity. Ok?
And what I won’t stand for, for myself, which I’ve already um started proceedings today…
I’ve been speaking to my lawyers both in the UK and in America. And what I’ve done is I’ve already instructed them, paid my fee to them, and they’re gunna go through Facebook.
And if anybody has got a post out there that says “Jeremy Rush is a scammer”, that is harassment which is a criminal offense.
Rush doesn’t reference which criminal offense calling someone a scammer on Facebook would fall under.
Far be it from me to point out the obvious, but personally I’d have thought running Ponzi and pyramid schemes would be of far greater consequence.
Both are illegal in the US and UK, with owners and promoters potentially subject to civil and criminal regulatory litigation.
[9:41] I’m gunna pursue the matter in courts and I’m gunna come after you, because I’m not gunna have my name tarnished and the company. Alright?
So if you’ve got a post that you believe might incriminate you, you need to take it down.
How Rush intends to pursue criminal litigation as a civilian through the courts is unclear.
What is clear are the steps Rush believes those who feel they’ve been scammed should take next.
[9:55] If you want to come after this company and myself, you need to do it in the correct manner.
And that correct manner is, report us to what authorities you want to. Take us to court, do what you believe you have to do.
But if you’re gunna go out and slander and say things and bully, that’s basically what it is, if you’re gunna bully on Facebook, you’re gunna receive a letter from my solicitor.
Okay? And I’m gunna proceed with criminal actions of harassment.
What Rush is specifically upset about on Facebook is unclear. He does reference a posting directed to Bart Janssen but nothing specifically directed towards himself.
The gist of the webinar however is that referring to Rush as a scammer and Zukul as a scam is not on.
If we can take a step back, I’d like to go over this assertion.
Zukul initially launched as a recruitment-driven pyramid scheme. There’s no retail component to the opportunity, Zukul affiliates simply pay a monthly fee and are paid to recruit others who do the same.
By virtue of their respective business models, these are all scams. Surely running operating all three opportunities thus makes Jeremy Rush a scammer?
[12:32] I’ve seen people say “Oh, Jeremy’s gone out and paid for IVF for him and his wife and he’s driving about in a Bentley”.
Well I’ve sold the Bentley actually and I’ve now bought myself a Range Rover.
But let me tell you this, my business affairs are not really your concern.
To be fair, it’s entirely possible Rush’s critics on Facebook have gone above and beyond his business ventures. If that’s the case and there is genuine harassment taking place, then by all means it needs to be addressed.
Rush’s comments on the Zukul webinar however suggest the scope of criticism doesn’t extend beyond Zukul being a scam and he a scammer.
[12:56] If you wanna slander me and you wanna roll that dice, go ahead and roll it cause I’m not gunna lay down and I’m certainly not going to take it on the chin.
I don’t like to slag people off, I never say stuff about anybody, I don’t name people but I’m going to start naming and shaming.
And my solicitor is going to start contacting the people who use my name and use the word “scams” and use anything like that and do any slandering.
Because basically it’s cyber-bullying and it’s harassment.
Whether anything actually comes of Rush’s threats remains to be seen.
Update 28th February 2018 – As of sometime in the past week Jeremy Rush has deleted the YouTube video cited in this article.