Early Uber investor believes an oppo research firm knows who’s behind a fake police report that smeared him

  • Shervin Pishevar claims in a court filing that Fusion GPS has information about a forged police report that accused him of sexual assault.
  • He says that the police confirmed the report is fake and that in 2017 he was arrested but not charged in connection with a sexual assault allegation.
  • In his new filing, he’s seeking the identity of an individual he believes provided the report to Fusion GPS.

Early Uber investor Shervin Pishevar filed a motion Aug. 6 claiming opposition research firm Fusion GPS spread misinformation about him.

The filing is the latest twist in his efforts to defend himself as he has in the past against a string of sexual misconduct claims. Pishevar, formerly co-founder of VC firm Sherpa Capital, which invested in companies such as Uber and Airbnb, was accused by multiple other women of sexual misconduct, Bloomberg reported in 2017. He left Sherpa Capital after the story was published. At the time, Pishevar said through reps that the allegations would be proven to be untrue.

Pishevar claimed in the new motion filed with the US District Court, District of Columbia, that he was the “victim of an international criminal conspiracy.”

The motion claims that a UK source gave a forged London police report to Fusion GPS, which in turn gave it to a journalist, who cited it in a 2017 article published in Fast Company.

Fast Company later appended a note to the story saying the police report described in the article was false. Newsoutlets at the time reported that London stated the report was not issued by the London police.

Pishevar wrote in the filing that he is seeking limited discovery from Fusion GPS, the firm behind the Steele dossier, to get information about the source and origins of the forged report. Pishevar’s lawyers aim to seek criminal action against the person behind the forged report.

Pishevar was arrested but not charged in connection with a sexual assault allegation. He claimed in the motion that the allegation stemmed from an incident where he had consensual sex with a woman in London. He also claimed in the motion that the investigation by the City of London Police lasted from May 2017 to July 2017, after which they confirmed to him they would be taking no further action. Pishevar is also aiming to clear his name through UK courts.

Fast Company has not commented.

Fusion GPS founders Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson have not responded to multiple requests seeking comment.

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