Jim Hague’s April 27 comment about John Ringo on this blog, now removed, was responded to by the author yesterday in a Facebook post, “On the Subject of Slander”.
The comment’s allegations about the author’s conduct at FenCon 2013 were also contradicted by the FenCon committee in a statement today signed by Julie Barrett, Chair of Dallas Future Society (DBA FenCon) and the board of directors.
We have been made aware of allegations regarding John Ringo’s behavior at FenCon X in 2013. The con committee agrees that no such incidents took place. As Mr. Ringo mentioned on his Facebook post, we were aware of his family obligations and respectfully gave him free time to attend to those. To that end, we were protective of his privacy and tried to keep him and his family free from interruptions.
No incidents of any kind were reported over the weekend. We received no complaints about any of our guests, Mr. Ringo included.
Our Guests of Honor do not participate in judging the FenCon Short Story Contest.
All our parties take place in a controlled area of the hotel, and no party matching that description was held. We’re a small convention, and rumors travel fast. We very likely would have heard about it.
As far as we are aware, Mr. Ringo did not have a security detail present. At the very least, a detail such as the one described would certainly have caught our attention.
Mr. Ringo and all our guests of honor and program participants did a fantastic job and appeared to greatly enjoy themselves.
FenCon is committed to providing a safe and congenial environment for all its members and maintains a strict conduct policy. We encourage people attending the convention to report incidents as soon as possible so that we may investigate and respond in appropriate manner.
Hague’s comment is quoted at the beginning of Ringo’s post.