"This happened when I sued (with the Beit Din's permission) a Chicago couple in Circuit Court because they comprehensively sexually abused my child, and they refused to appear before the Beit Din. Fearing trial, the couple asked Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst, head of Agudath Israel of Illinois, for help. They are his contributors.Thomas has tried suing Rabbi Fuerst for libel, but the courts twice rejected his motions, partially citing the first amendment, which "bars any secular court from involving itself in the ecclesiastical controversies that may arise in a religious body or organization." Now, he has sent letters to 2423 Orthodox households in Chicago, asking them to "Insist on accountability - Insist that Rabbi Fuerst answer this complaint in a forum that will be empowered especially for the occasion."
"To pressure me into dropping the lawsuit, Rabbi Fuerst drafted a Ktav Siruv excommunication Order issued by a fictitious convening of his Beit Din. The Order fabricated charges that I had refused to appear before Rabbi Fuerst’s Beit Din, and the Order instructed all Jews to “banish me from their homes.” To give the paper the appearance of an official Beit Din document, Rabbi Fuerst approached two local rabbis separately to attach their signatures. In deference to Rabbi Fuerst’s authority, they did so without the slightest inquiry."
Then Rabbi Fuerst sent the fraudulent Order to certain influential people in Chicago and Jerusalem (where I had move to from Chicago). Due to Rabbi Fuerst’s international stature, the excommunication Order was imposed to a very painful degree."
Elsewhere on his site, he emphasises, "Let it be Clear. I have asked no one to condemn Rabbi Shmuel Fuerst. Rabbi Fuerst’s reputation precedes him and everyone owes him respect - except for me and those few who have first hand knowledge of the corruption. I have only advocated the insistence that Rabbi Fuerst purge himself and the community of these serious allegations in a competently empowered Court of Law."
What to make of this? The allegations against Rabbi Fuerst are devestating and hard to believe: corruption, abuse of power and covering up for sexual abusors because they're rich. And yet, stranger things have happened. The reason Thomas was excommunicated also seems strange; thousands of people have refused to appear before a Beit Din, without suffering the same fate.
So -- could it really be true? Or is this a terrible attempt at character assassination, an excommunicated, bitter man's revenge?
Does anyone know anything about this?