A popular food truck owner from the Twin Cities asks a Hennepin County judge to stop two sisters from publicly accusing her of running a cult.
Bad Rooster owner Soulaire Allerai filed a defamation suit against sisters Kelly Ring Abedi and Angela Marie Hummelgard in July. The story of the alleged food truck cult has since gained attention as Bad Rooster continues to tour local breweries and events selling fried chicken. Some of the sellers were contacted by the sisters to stop doing business with Allerai, who claimed financial losses as a result.
In a hypothetical hearing on Friday afternoon, Alerai’s attorney requested an interim injunction while the lawsuit is being heard, and Judge Joseph Klein has taken it under advice.
Meanwhile, recent court files from the two sisters’ lawyers reveal others who allege that Alerai runs a sect that they personally left or lost a relative.
Allerai is the Spiritual Director of the Living Faith Spiritual Community and has over 100,000 followers on Facebook. founded spiritual journey A wellness center at a Minnetonka address that was shared with Living Faith, and launched Bad Rooster in 2019.
Earlier this summer, the sisters began posting to the food truck’s Facebook page and writing reviews about how the company financed a cult that lost their relationship with their mother of which she was once a member in the early 2000s.
Living Faith and Bad Rooster teamed up for events starting in 2020. Allerai posted in May on Facebook that due to the pandemic shutdown of the health center, they were going to use the food truck money to cover the rent.
The sisters detailed in court documents that they would attend a spiritual group where Alerei was guiding God, whom she named “J”. Their mother is still affiliated and they have not had a relationship with her for over a decade.
Elleray’s attorney Stephen Linning said that Elleray and the food truck were not responsible for their “inability to get along with” their mother, and their claims that a bad rooster “rips families apart” were false and causing financial loss to the company.
“Please stop the bleeding,” Linning told the judge, adding that the false accusations were “spreading like wildfire” and reaching the UK.
Linning said an injunction would be in the defendants’ best interest by limiting “the harm for which they may be liable in the long run.” No specific financial disclosures detailing a decline in revenue were made in court.
Lawyers representing the sisters say their clients have the right to share their personal opinions and experiences with Allerai on social media and in the news. They argued in court on Friday that the eventual injunction would infringe First Amendment rights.
“It’s simply a matter of freedom of speech… to speak out against an activity that one feels is exploitative or manipulative,” said attorney Stacey Seifer, who represents Abedi.
The affidavit filed on behalf of Sever and William Cumming, representing Hummelgard, lists at least seven other individuals who have left Allerai spiritual groups or say that a loved one is still active in the groups and that they have strained relationships because of this.
But Alerai’s attorney said the family issues an advance date for the food truck. He noted that Hummelgard told a local TV station she hadn’t spoken to her mother since 2011, but that Bad Rooster had opened in the past three years.
Linning said there was no evidence of any illegal activity such as physical or sexual abuse. He said the sisters could not hide dishonest behavior behind opinions and continue to share “outrageous rumours”.
“The fact that there are so many sworn statements does not change anything,” he said. There is no allegation of any crime here or any abuse of any kind.”
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