JOE Rogan’s estranged father has challenged the Spotify superstar to a man-to-man conversation on his podcast about what he calls “false” claims of violence.
In bombastic legal papers, 80-year-old Joseph Rogan threatened a defamation lawsuit against 55-year-old Joe Rogan Experience host and his streaming giant employer.
Mr Rogan said he wanted to look Joe in the eye as he tells him his side of the story and asked him: “Are you afraid to face the truth?”
It comes after the retired New Jersey police officer called his son’s namesake claims about a violent upbringing “lies” in an exclusive interview with The US Sun last week.
Father and son have not seen or spoken to each other since Joe was seven nearly 50 years ago, but Joe has publicly called his father a “psychotic person” and “very, very violent.”
In a cease and desist letter sent by his father’s lawyer on Friday last week, Joe was warned that his claims had caused “tremendous and quantifiable damage”.
The UFC commentator and stand-up comedian was given until November 1 to “reply positively” to the letter’s claims or face a court hearing.
Attorney George Frino wrote that he had no doubt that the defamation law applied to Joe’s statements and that if his father sued there would be substantial redress.
But he added: “Instead of immediately filing such a damages and injunctive action against you and your employer, Spotify, Mr. Rogan would like to appear on your podcast to look you man-to-man in the eye and correct your false statements and tell you the true facts.
“Rejecting this course of action would be conclusive evidence of the malice of your false statements.
“Are you afraid to face the truth?”
The letter clarifies that Mr Rogan is not interested in money, adding: “He just wants the opportunity to let the world know that what you have been selling for decades is totally and demonstrably false.”
After separating from Joe’s mother Susan, Mr Rogan married his second wife, Rosa Santiago, and the couple share twin daughters Bridget and Rosa, now 43, and four grandchildren.
The letter states that Joe’s allegations of “spousal abuse and violent police misconduct” have harmed Mr. Rogan’s extended family and his grandchildren have faced allegations from their peers.
Joe has claimed his father “beat up my mother” and once pulled his cousin’s hair up.
But in his letter, Mr Frino said to Joe: “At this point in your life you should acknowledge the fact that your toughness as an individual is certainly a product of your birth father’s strict but caring upbringing.
“He never crossed the line into advocating violence or what you describe as ‘toxic masculinity’ and ‘psychotic’ behavior.”
The attorney also said Mr Rogan “is willing to believe” that Joe’s mother and boyfriend “poisoned” Joe against him.
Without specifying what exactly it is referring to, the letter alleges that Joe detected “certain deviant behavior” from his mother in his public statements.
It adds, “Obviously, at this point in your tender years, it is perhaps understandable why you could easily be misled into believing that your biological father was a violent and indifferent parent.”
The legal document says Mr Rogan previously acted as a whistleblower when it was alleged that Islamist radicals were allegedly passing through international airports, including Newark Liberty Airport, where he worked after leaving the Harrison, New Jersey, City Police Department.
The letter alleges that this resulted in Mr Rogan and his wife Rosa losing their jobs, but he was able to file a successful whistleblower suit against his former employer.
“While his honesty and integrity were severely attacked by his former employer’s lawyers, he escaped unscathed,” the letter said.
In his interview with The US Sun from his home in Kearny, New Jersey last week, Mr. Rogan said he was heartbroken at the loss of Joe.
According to him, she took him and his sister Laura to San Francisco about a year after Joe’s mother split – unbeknownst to Mr Rogan and while he was on a trip to Florida.
He says the only reason he didn’t challenge the move in court as a kidnapping was to protect Joe from further family drama and later lost all contact with him.
He said: “After a while I didn’t even know where they were. Where do I go? But they knew where I was.
“Nowadays, with Google and the Internet, you can find anything. Then you couldn’t.”
Mr Rogan also referred to his record as a police officer with no ongoing complaints, arrests or restraining orders against him, which he says proves he has never been violent.
An Official Public Records Act inquiry made by his daughter Bridget found that the city had no record of an arrest against him.
The city said that while it did not create or maintain any family court orders or domestic violence complaints, a “careful search” found no such records.
Mr Rogan had previously told The US Sun when approached in May that he had no regrets about not speaking to Joe for decades.
His daughter Bridget Carselda, 43, also claimed in an interview with The US Sun that Joe turned her and sister Rosa away when they tried to get in touch after discovering they had a secret older half-brother aged 19 .
The US Sun has reached out to Joe for comment.
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