Former GH actor gets subpoena against non-profit group overturned
Former ‘General Hospital’ actor Ingo Rademacher – who was fired in 2021 after 25 years with the show for opposing the network’s directive to get a coronavirus shot – won a round of table in court when a judge overturned a subpoena from the network requesting records from a nonprofit group, supposedly to see if the organization is funding his case.
Rademacher, 51, sued ABC on Dec. 13. He alleges that ABC wrongly denied him a religious exemption and used the mandatory employee vaccination policy as an excuse to fire him. The company gave the impression that they wanted him to stay, but claimed they couldn’t accommodate him in order to conceal that he was being fired for other reasons, according to the actor.
The actor’s motion to vacate, heard by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen I. Goorvitch on Monday, involved a subpoena from the ABC on protecting children’s education rights. PERK’s website says it is a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering parents and educators to take an active role in education-centered legislation.
“The court grants the motion with respect to documents relating to the funding of this lawsuit, including the identity of the donors and the sums of money paid,” the judge wrote.
The fact that PERK, a secular organization, supports Rademacher’s lawsuit does not necessarily call into question the authenticity of the actor’s religious beliefs, according to Goorvitch.
“At best, it may constitute evidence of PERK’s beliefs,” according to the judge, who in his decision also noted that he had reviewed several emails between Rademacher and PERK that he found to be privileged and not accessible by ABC. .
However, the judge said ABC was not barred from seeking evidence of statements made by Rademacher in the fundraiser.
“In other words, the mere fact that plaintiff made statements in the fundraising will not prevent discovery of those statements,” the judge wrote. “This order also will not preclude Defendant from seeking evidence of Plaintiff’s support of secular organizations like PERK.”
According to court documents from Rademacher’s attorneys, ABC improperly sought confidential communications and an attorney’s work product between Rademacher, his attorney, and “a speculative financial backer,” which do nothing to prove the claims of Rademacher. actor or network defenses.
“The subpoena is just a bullying campaign by ABC to harass and pressure Ingo to drop the charges against them,” Rademacher’s attorneys say in their court documents. “As an unfortunate way to gain leverage in this action, ABC proceeded to intentionally harass every person Ingo might have spoken to over the past five years to destroy Ingo’s character and determine how someone could afford to bring such a case against ABC.
The network is not entitled to sensitive and private information unrelated to Rademacher’s claims of privacy rights and unlawful discrimination, through subpoena or otherwise, and ABC is not also not allowed to know if any person or entity is funding his lawsuit, according to the actor’s attorneys. ‘ court documents.
In an affidavit, Rademacher says he and PERK had discussions with and without his lawyer present. He further says that he expected any discussion with PERK to remain confidential.
“Disclosure of this information — any communications or information provided to PERK — is an improper intrusion on my constitutional rights to privacy and the attorney-client relationship,” Rademacher said. “Whether or not I obtain litigation funding for this case, such a decision and the information surrounding it is my own prerogative and a private matter.”
Rademacher portrayed the character of mogul Jasper “Jax” Jacks in “General Hospital.” He is a board member of Heal the Bay, an environmental organization based in Santa Monica.