George Christie Jr., the longtime president of the Ventura charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, continues to demand and get attention.
Christie was expelled from his old club, debriefed, spent seven months in prison and came out destitute. Now he is a reality television personality with a book deal and, recently, his own billboard on the Sunset Strip. It is a success story. And, as Napoleon once famously remarked, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.”
Christie has a couple of lawyers who do his egg breaking for him.
Last March, after British director Nick Mead pulled a film he had made about Christie titled The Last American Outlaw, Christie’s attorney daughter Moriya Lynn Christie wrote Mead a letter on her father’s behalf that bluntly threatened to sue Mead, who had already spent $200,000 of his own money on the film, into bankruptcy if he didn’t do what George wanted.
“It seems that the appropriate remedy is for you to sign over your rights in the Venture and in the Documentary to Nikki (Christie –George Christie’s wife). The transaction can be structured whereby Nikki and the Venture indemnify you from any claims that arise from the distribution of the Documentary with an errors and omissions insurance policy secured in order to address any such claims. Otherwise, you are likely looking at a lawsuit for damages and specific performance wherein you are going to incur over $100,000 in legal fees whereas my relationship with Nikki will substantially reduce the attorneys’ fees she will be required to spend, if any at all.”
“You simply cannot take your ball and go home.”
More recently a lawyer named James Devine, who wrote the contract that defined Mead and Christie’s obligations to each other, has been blustering at two of Christie’s other adversaries.
Li’l Georgie’s Motorcycle
One dispute involves a 1989 Harley-Davidson FXRS that George’s late son, George Christie III apparently sold or gave to a friend , who asked not to be named, in 2013. The younger Christie died at the beginning of August. The bike is registered in the new owner’s name and he still possesses it, but the former Ventura charter chief claims the bike belongs to him and is threatening to sue to get it back and also to collect damages. The man has been told that his “continued retention of the motorcycle constitutes conversion under California law.” The dispute has lingered since April.
It seems like a curious overreaction. Christie who has had two hips replaced rarely rides these days.
And, possession is still nine-tenths of the law. Last month, Christie went public with the dispute in a blog post titled “Who Stole Li’l Georgie’s Motorcycle.”
Five months after it began, he wrote about the dispute as if it was something that had just then come up.
“There are limits, even in the world of Outlaws. Or so I thought,” Christie wrote on September 13, about five weeks after his oldest son died.
“Many things have opened my eyes as I journey through this new century. Every mid-September I pause to remember watching the twin towers collapse from acts of cowards. I have seen something else crumbling too — the outlaw motorcycle culture, a world I had called home since 1966.
“As many of you may know, my family has been trying to come to terms with the loss of my son, George Christie III, who passed away unexpectedly a few weeks ago. It has hit me and my oldest daughter, Moriya, hard…The depth of the loss is indescribable and, frankly, inconsolable.
“In the midst of our grief we have discovered Georgie’s FXRS Harley Davidson is missing. The motorcycle was a gift I bought him the day he graduated from high school. Although he would have never said it outright, the fact that he has kept it all these years tells me it held a very special place in his heart. And it held a very special place in mine. I can still see his face and hear his words on the day I gave it to him. ‘Thanks Pops’ he said, as he looked into my eyes and smiled, showing how much he really meant it.”
The other dispute has been more blunt and less sentimental. Four days after Christie’s public plea to recover the motorcycle that was once his, Devine wrote a cease and desist letter demanding that man named William E. Gaddie stop insulting America’s newest reality star. Devine demanded that Gaddie “publicly retract” his “defamatory and false light statements regarding Mr. Christie on Mr. Gaddie’s personal Facebook page and the Facebook pages ‘George Christies (sic) a Fraud,’ ‘George Christie (sic) a Fraud,’ and ‘Outbad Chronicles,’ and the YouTube submission from ‘Chris Georgie.’
Devine also alleges that Gaddie “made false and disparaging comments to Mr. Christie, Mrs. Christie, and their son Finn while they sat outside a business establishment in Ojai, California. Mr. Gaddie called Mr. Christie a ‘fucking rat,’ ‘snitch,’ ‘pig sucker,’ and
‘fucking queer.’ Mr. Gaddie also stated that Mr. Christie should have been killed instead of Ray Glore. Thereafter, Mr. Gaddie told Mrs. Christie that he would ‘see her later’ despite the fact that there was no reason for Mrs. Christie to ever ‘see’ Mr. Gaddie. It was obvious that Mr. Gaddie was threatening to inflict further harm on Mrs. Christie at a later date and time.”
Gaddie responded on September 21. He wrote:
“As many people already know George has tried to use intimidation and scare tactics to manipulate for years. I received this hypocritical letter from George Christie Jr., much like the one he had written to Nick Mead. George thinks it is okay to go on television and talk about people in his ‘Outbad Chronicles’ but he doesn’t like when people tell about the side of George Christie they know. He keeps trying to delete comments about him that he simply doesn’t like.
“You can’t have it both ways George! You created a Facebook Page as a ‘Public Figure.’ People have opinions about that, ‘You simply cannot take your ball and go home.’
As his usual method of operation, this letter is full of lies it seems he just won’t tell the truth. I want it to be known I did go to jail and I was on non-association as part of the terms I was sentenced with from the Judge. I believe George is the one who arranged these terms as he screwed over many others to benefit himself. I am a former member in Good Standing, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the club and its life style.
“There are so many people he has done wrong and screwed over it could be any number of them making these Facebook page’s and Video’s. This will keep his lawyer busy endlessly writing letters. The bottom line is the videos contain truth he doesn’t want heard.”
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of outlaws lives.