Reality Steve


The Lawsuit

So one of the most asked questions to me over the last four months has been, “What’s happening with the lawsuit filed by the producers and distributors of The Bachelor?” I haven’t been able to answer specifics about it, but I figured it’s about time to give people an idea of what’s going on and ask for your help. A reader of mine forwarded me this article yesterday written by a Matthew Chan on March 11th. I’ve never met or spoken with Matthew in my life, nor did he ever email me before. But I found it amazing that someone would take the time to read over my court case and give their opinion. Although not a lawyer, Matthew seems fairly successful in what he’s done and I think he paints a very interesting picture about the overall view of what’s happening to me. I think all of you who have asked about the lawsuit or are curious about it should take time to read this link. It’s a very insightful and well thought out column in terms of what he thinks this whole case is about:

“Bachelor” Producers Extortion Lawsuit Against “Reality Steve”

I’m still amazed someone who doesn’t know me at all took the time to look over the case files and write a very well versed blog about it. So to Matthew, I say thank you very much. One point I wanted to mention about something he wrote and that is where Matthew speculates “But the fact of the matter is even if everything the plaintiffs claim of Carbone is true, so what?” in reference to the claim from the plaintiffs alleging that I paid people under contract to give me non-public information. The allegation is not true. While I definitely agree with his position, I am here to say that I do not pay people for non-public information that I post on my site. Just wanted to make that point absolutely clear.

In the beginning, I was going to ask for any help I could get in defending myself in this case because I felt I never did anything wrong and still do, but it just didn’t feel right, and, I wanted to see how far the plaintiffs were willing going to go with what I consider to be a wrongful suit. Well, the truth is, defending myself against their lawsuit is getting awfully expensive. The plaintiffs have even made it MORE expensive for me to defend myself by dragging me into a lawsuit in California, as opposed to Texas where I live and work. I’m doing my best to defend against this baseless lawsuit and their unreasonable demands, but we’re coming up on four months now and I never thought they would take it this far. Now I could really use your help.

They are a big media company and they have hired a big law firm to put pressure on me. So I would greatly appreciate any financial assistance people are willing to give to support my own defense costs. I am setting up a legal defense fund (unless you’re from California—sorry) so anyone can contribute if you feel comfortable doing so. If you would like to donate, please click on the link below:

I cannot express how much I appreciate any donation you could make. I’ve already paid a lot myself, but this can only help in my fight to stand for what I believe is my right. So I thank Matthew Chan for writing that piece, and I thank all of you in advance for any donations you may make. I never thought I’d still be dealing with this four months after the fact, but the reality is that I am, and I’m not backing down. I just need a little help. Thank you for your time.



  1. tammyindiana

    March 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Just sharing because it is worth sharing and can be applied everyday, to any person, under any circumstance…….

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self – centered…
    Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, unkind motives…
    Be kind anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you…
    Be honest anyway.

    What you spend years building; someone can destroy overnight…
    Build anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous…
    Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow…
    Do good anyway.

    You may give the world the best you have and it may never be
    Give the world the best anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
    it was never between you and them anyway.
    Mother Theresa of Calcutta

    (or whatever higher power you choose.
    which ARE NOT Mother Theresa’s words….but diversifying the concept for all cultures and religions).

  2. DallasMs

    March 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    O.K. for everyone that wants to know about Steve and his lifestlye, I know him personally. Yeah, I know…anyone can come on here and say that, but in this case-true. Steve does NOT live the high life. He lives in a nice area in Frisco…in an apartment, and the last time we had drinks, he was driving your average SUV…and it wasn’t on the new side of the mileage chart. He is active in several charities here in the DFW area. He is just exactly what you see…an average guy that has hit upon success with his blog. I’ve known his family for over 20 years through business, but had no idea this was their son. I never knew his last name…just Reality Steve. Went to The Sterling Ball several years ago and ran into his Mom. She said…I want to introduce you to my son Stephen. I fell out laughing…realizing HER SON was none other than the infamous REALITY STEVE. We spent quite some time laughing about the connection. So, he’s the kind of son that escorts his Mom to charity balls, takes his niece and nephew to the zoo and adopts dogs needing a good home. He’s got a smart ass,hysterical personality and that is what I love about him…and the exact reason I’ve read his site all these years.

    Am I donating to his cause? Yes. For two reasons. One- I call him a friend. But more importantly as one poster put it, this is about basic freedoms in our country. I don’t want to see a big corporation like ABC win over someone who is exercising their basic rights to free speech. Rock on Steve.

  3. tuffany

    May 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Just donated to your cause. I’m convinced you’re a victim of bully tactics by the franchise that threatens all of us; namely our Freedom of Speech.
    ABC is going to look foolish as momentum grows in favor of you, Steve.

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