Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, said in a statement Monday that abuse allegations against him by an ex-girlfriend are "completely untrue."
Jenn Allen—the CEO and founder of the start-up RTist.com—posted a Facebook status on March 29 that accused Arrington of physical and emotional abuse. Allen also said in the post that Arrington had threatened to kill her if she told anyone of the abuse.
Arrington, a Silicon Valley power-broker, said in his response that he has retained legal representation and will take action against the "offending parties."
Read his full response below.
"There have been some extremely serious and criminal allegations against me over the last week. All of the allegations are completely untrue, and I've hired a law firm to represent me in the legal actions against the offending parties.
I know this isn't, for now, much information. I will have a full and complete response to these allegations sometime later this week. My goal will be to direct as much sunlight as possible on the issues so that the absolute truth can be known and I can begin to put my life back together.
I've also asked my attorneys to contact appropriate law enforcement agencies about these false allegations. Given the gravity of the claims, I think it's important that the police be involved in this now."
Arrington sold TechCrunch to AOL in 2011. He rejoined the blog as a columnist in 2012.
There was no immediate reply from Allen on her Twitter or Facebook accounts.