After the documentary film Mission Congo, which accuses Pat Robertson of using his Operation Blessing charity to help his investments in mining in Africa, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, Robertson is considering filing a lawsuit against the makers of that film.
In a statement released from Toronto, Zizic and Turner said that “sometimes a story hits you so profoundly that you simply have to act. … We felt that these activities, and implied level of deception, were unfathomable on so many levels that we had to find out more.” The filmmakers said Robertson had declined to be interviewed for the film but that they had invited him to participate in a discussion after the premiere.
In an email Thursday, Chris Roslan, a spokesman for Operation Blessing, said allegations in the production company’s film promotion and the listing in the film festival website were false and defamatory and, “We are considering legal action.”
After an order by the attorney general, the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs investigated Operation Blessing in the 1990s and accused the charity of “misrepresenting what its flights were doing.” No prosecution took place.
I think legal action is a great idea because it would open up discovery and the ability to subpoena records from the “charity.” Which is exactly why they won’t file a lawsuit despite their threats.