After Lou Antonelli posted his apology I asked for a comment from David Gerrold and he replied:
The convention has a strong anti-harassment policy. I expect they will investigate fairly and proceed from there. I’m not going to say anything else until they finish their investigation and determine what actions if any are appropriate — that part is for the convention to resolve.
Over here, Lou Antonelli and I have exchanged some private messages and I believe he is sincere in his apology.
Now I’m going to get back to work editing THAT novel, finishing a GoH speech, and polishing the details of the Hugo Award Ceremony script. I intend to have a great time at this year’s Worldcon. I hope everyone else who’s attending will bring the same enthusiasm.
I do not know Mr. Antonelli. I do not understand why he felt the need to write to write the Spokane PD. And I won’t engage in online psychoanalysis or any other kind of second-guessing.
Yes, I was dismayed when I heard about the podcast. No, I have not listened to the podcast. I need to focus on more important things. But as others have pointed out, a line was crossed that shouldn’t have been crossed and I’m grateful that so many people spoke up.
More importantly, Lou Antonelli has apologized. I appreciate that. As far as I’m concerned the matter is over and done. I don’t have time for grudges. I’m satisfied with his apology, and I hope we can quickly put this behind us and focus on better things.
I sent Lou Antonelli a short private message saying so, and I reiterated my offer to buy him a beer the next time we’re both at the same convention. Because that’s what I would want if the situation was reversed.