Propelled to fame by your abuser? This is how Ortega regards people that give interviews in documentaries.
With the film release, “I am Jane Doe”, we can take pride in the strides we have made as a civilization, that female sexual abuse and child trafficking survivors and witness’ can come forward to give their story without the fear of retaliation.
Two teens, 16 and 17 years old, were kidnapped and held at gunpoint for twelve hours by Ray Ratliff on 1 August 2002. Both teens had been raped by Ratliff, and it is likely he was looking for a place to bury their bodies in the desert north of Los Angeles when he was foiled by police.
The abductor, Roy Ratliff, 37, of Rosemont, California, was already wanted in Las Vegas for the rape of his 19-year-old stepdaughter.
Ratliff was gunned down by Kern County sheriff’s while attempting to elude capture and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shortly afterward, the teens agreed to come forward (identities protected) to be interviewed by NBC.
Directly afterward, Tony Ortega, created a phony name and published the below article to ridicule and taunt the victims, but also to out their true identities to cause them further suffering and humiliation.
In August 2002, New Times Los Angeles published this story written by an unknown writer named “Antoine Oman” that had Hollywood buzzing—“Survive This! The two girls kidnapped and raped in the Antelope Valley are set to go to Hollywood.”
The above “Antoine Oman” was no less than Tony Ortega, taunting and shaming two girls who agreed to be filmed about the abuse they endured in a kidnapping and rape documentary.
After some digging by The Hollywood Reporter, the article was exposed as a fraud written by then-staffer Tony Ortega. Contacted by a reporter, Ortega’s comment was:
”I hope it gets people to think about the nature of television and the business that it does.” Tony Ortega
So apparently, Ortega molested the teens for a noble cause. To enlighten humanity about the dark nature of the television business.
I’m thinking Ortega has gone to the dark side?
“There will always be pranksters, and at times their choice of topic will be especially repugnant. Humor is far more difficult to accept as such when it lampoons those who have been victimized by all too real events. In the case of the abduction of Tamara Brooks and Jackie Marris, that victimization was of the most base sort.”
Barbara Mikkelson Snopes
The Daily Cannibal,
A media watchdog website wrote:
“Tony Ortega takes two teenagers, already brutally raped by thugs, and editorially sodomizes them by appropriating their identities, putting lies in their mouths, and pimping them as shameless opportunists…”