The ex-husband of a Westchester mother of three who allegedly took her own life via assisted suicide has filed a $150 million lawsuit against the TikToker who uploaded her videos, accusing him of domestic abuse.
Allan Kassenoff quit his job as a patent attorney in June after TikToker Robbie Harvey, an advocate for women in abusive relationships, uploaded more than 20 videos that Catherine Kassenoff shared on Facebook before she reportedly died by suicide. assisted in Switzerland.
While Catherine’s post, along with a suicide note, were removed from Facebook, her claims were broadcast to Harvey’s more than 3 million followers, which Kassenoff said led to his financial and emotional ruin, according to the lawsuit filed last Tuesday in the District of Florida. court.
“With a few clicks of his keyboard and a video uploaded to TikTok, defendant Robert Harvey financially destroyed plaintiff Allan Kassenoff,” his attorneys wrote.
Catherine Kassenoff, who was terminally ill, died by assisted suicide while claiming that her ex-husband, Allan Kassenoff, had abused her and used underhanded tactics to gain custody of their three children. Photography by Jessie Watford
“And, worse still, he irreparably harmed Mr. Kassenoff’s three young children… by forcing them to live a life in which their identities will be forever associated with a bitter, ugly divorce and their mother’s suicide.”
The Kassenoffs received national attention after Harvey uploaded Catherine’s videos, where the former federal prosecutor accused her ex-husband not only of domestic abuse, but also of “predatory” legal practices that kept her away from her three daughters in 2018.
Catherine, who also suffered from terminal cancer, ultimately called him a villain in the contentious custody battle before his alleged suicide, and the videos were also sent to several judges, lawyers and friends.
TikToker Robbie Harvey, an advocate for women in abusive relationships, re-uploaded Catherine’s claims on his account, which has more than 3 million followers. Robbie Harvey/Facebook
While a court found no evidence of domestic violence and granted Kassenoff sole custody of his children, his employer, Greenberg Traurig, suspended him amid a renewed investigation into the case.
Kassenoff resigned days after the investigation began.
Kassenoff claimed in the lawsuit that Harvey’s followers “bombarded” the law firm with more than 7,000 calls and 500 emails accusing him of the reason his ex-wife was dead.
Videos taken by Catherine show how her ex-husband called her a “fat old loser.” @therobbieharvey/TikTok
Other videos showed him yelling at his children, and one said she didn’t want to go with him. @therobbieharvey/TikTok
Kassenoff also accused Harvey of spreading defamatory information by allegedly editing Catherine’s videos, but the lawsuit does not indicate how the videos were allegedly altered.
She also said Harvey showed a “reckless disregard for the truth” through her commentary on Catherine’s videos, where the influencer was dismayed that Kassenoff was granted custody of her children.
It was paired with a video showing him yelling at children, with one daughter saying she doesn’t “want to go with that crazy guy.”
While there has been no official report on Catherine’s death, it is believed that she carried out her assisted suicide plans in Switzerland, which her ex-husband appears to confirm in the lawsuit. Facebook/Brochure
The father of three ultimately claimed that Harvey’s “sole motivation for intentionally destroying four lives was one thing and one thing only: money.”
Along with the $150 million lawsuit, Kassenoff is asking the court to order the removal of all of Catherine’s videos on Harvey’s TikTok account, as well as an injunction to prohibit the influencer from posting anything else about Kassenoff.
Harvey’s attorney, Jonathan Davidoff, said in a statement that the lawsuit was nothing more than “spiteful revenge” and an attempt to “rewrite history” with Kassenoff as the victim.
Catherine revealed her plans to die and her ex-husband’s alleged abuse in a now-deleted Facebook post.
Davidoff added that the lawsuit clearly violated Florida’s anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) law, which prohibits lawsuits brought against people exercising their right to free speech.
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free, confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.