James Arthur Ray addressed a looming issue yesterday in a video statement (linked below) to people who paid to attend events that were not held after the October deaths in the Sedona-area sweat lodge.
(I initially embedded the wrong video. The correct video is there now.)
I've written previously about the proposed class-action lawsuit, filed by a Tucson lawyer, on behalf of all those people who pre-paid tens of thousand of dollars, likely upward of $100,000 in total, on events that James Ray never held. He canceled those events after the sweat-lodge deaths, for which Ray later was charged with three counts of manslaughter. He's awaiting trial on those charges.
In the lawsuit (attached to this item), local lawyer Todd Jackson notes that Ray's business apparently was using the pre-paid fees to cover current costs, not holding them for the future events. And now the money is gone. In his message, Ray makes the owed money sound a bit like a communications oversight. The video's below, but here's a transcript:
Hey this is James, and I want to take just a moment of your time, if I may, because I realize that many of you have made investments in upcoming Journey of Power events through JRI that have been postponed.
And I certainly understand that it was an inconvenience, it's been a disappointment possibly to say the least. And I truly want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you and my appreciation for your understanding and your patience during this difficult time.
Now, we've reached out to some of you and talked to you about some of the first steps we're doing with these postponed events. And If I haven't got in contact with you, then you're one of the ones I really want to talk to today because we probably don't have your most recent contact information.
So, if you'll take just a second and fill out the form beneath me. All of the events that have been postponed should be listed there. And if you're one of those people who has invested in one of those events or multiple events, just take a minute and fill out your contact information, and make sure you put in your email. Because that way we can reach out to you really quickly and give you the latest and most updated information.
I look forward to taking care of this in the very best way possible really really soon. Once again, thank you so much for your patience, and I'll look forward to touching base really, really quickly, OK.
Thanks so much. Have a wonderful day.