The saga of the now bankrupt 38 Studios and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) keeps getting new tinder to burn up the wires every other week.
The latest turn of events is that Curt Schilling and his wife have taken to Facebook to accuse the RIEDC of “trying to bully and intimidate us on multiple fronts.”
This was in response to an AP report which accused 38 Studios of stonewalling state auditors for days even after the company board had approved plans to file bankrupt.
Emails obtained by the AP show that an RIEDC lawyer made multiple attempts to gain access for state auditors to the company’s general ledger, email and file servers. RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee accused 38 Studios of stonewalling, and said that nothing was forthcoming.
Curt Schilling’s wife Shonda Schilling then took to Facebook to blast Gov. Chafee for undermining efforts to save 38 Studios from going under.
“I was there for those three weeks of hope and hell…My husband so distraught he couldn’t function. NOT because he had lost it all but because that team worked SO hard and believed in what they were doing…Which is backed up by the fact the media could not find anyone to say that Curt was a bad boss…They loved their job and they loved Rhode Island. BUT everyday Gov Chaffee at exactly 4 oclock would have a press conference.” – Shonda Schilling, Facebook
Curt Schilling followed suit with his own Facebook post to defend against the AP report that accused them of stonewalling state auditors.
“We backed up every ounce of data and email exchanged between the EDC and 38 to INSURE when this BS started to come out, people seriously interested in the truth, will know it…We didn’t stonewall anyone, the EDC was trying to bully us and intimidate us on multiple fronts.” – Curt Schilling, Facebook
Meanwhile, AP broke another story about a senior RIEDEC official who sought employment at 38 Studios less than 2 months after the RIEDC gave the company a $75 million loan guarantee.
Emails obtained by AP show that J. Michael Saul, former RIEDC managing director of financial services, communicated with Rick Wester, 38 Studios CFO, asking for a job because Gov. Chafee had asked all RIEDC officials to reapply for their jobs. The Rhode Island EDC issued a statement saying it does not condone such behavior and is now investigating the matter.