Corporate media smears Sound of Freedom after one of its 6,678 crowdfunders is arrested in custody dispute

“I don’t understand how they’re charging him with this,” Marta's lawyer said.


The corporate media has targeted the anti-human trafficking film, Sound of Freedom, with dubious claims that one of the many crowdfunders of the film was arrested for kidnapping.  

In its crowd funding efforts, Sound of Freedom has had over 6,600 people invest in the film. Credits at the end show the names of all the people who contributed to the effort.  

The one person who contributed what Deadline called "an unidentified amount of money" to the crowdfund for Sound of Freedom is 51-year-old Fabian Marta. He was "not a financier" of the production of the film as Deadline said. The crowdfunding effort raised approximately $5 million.  

The exclusive report from Deadline included details about the "kidnapping" case far down in the story.  

Marta is a landlord for a woman who was involved in a custody dispute with her aunt. The circumstance is apparently what brought the charges against Marta. Marta has been provided living arrangements for the woman and her child.  

“I don’t understand how they’re charging him with this,” Marta's lawyer told Deadline, “He has nothing to do with kidnapping anyone.” 

Newsweek hopped on the story from Deadline and called Marta a "funder" of the film. Pop Crave then tweeted out that Marta was a "financier" of the movie. 

Pop Crave tweet: source

Community Notes then provided context to the tweet showing that Marta had not been a major backer behind the film, but one of the 6,000 plus "angel investors" as described by Angel Studios' investing policy.  

Rolling Stone, which was critical of the film prior, also piled on. 

Angel Studios CEO Neal Harmon came out in a statement and said, "Just as anyone can invest in the stock market, everyone who meets the legal criteria can invest in Angel Studios projects. One of the perks of investing was the ability to be listed in the credits." 

"Our film speaks to this globally-pervasive problem, and it is our hope that perpetrators everywhere will be brought to justice no matter who they are, and that even more people will see the film to raise awareness," Harmon continued.  

Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), the organization that was founded by Tim Ballard and has its beginnings depicted in the film, also made a statement.  

OUR said if Marta "is found guilty, he should be sentenced to the fullest extent of the law."

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