Jim Worthington, Owner of the Newtown Athletic Club, Files Defamation Suit Against Doylestown Resident | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

The Newtown Athletic Club and its owner, Jim Worthington, have filed a defamation suit against MoveOn.org and Gregory Bullough, a Doylestown man who used the website to start an online petition calling on community stakeholders to cut their ties with Worthington's fitness center.

The suit filed in Bucks County alleges that Moveon.org and Bullough "undertook a vicious campaign to injure Worthington and NAC's reputation and business interests by maliciously and falsely accusing Worthington of sponsoring and organizing a group to engage in criminal conduct at the U.S. Capitol," Chris Barron, President of Right Turn Strategies, said in an emailed statement.

"Jim Worthington is a highly regarded entrepreneur who enjoys a tremendous reputation, both locally, nationally and globally, for his successful business interests, including the NAC in Newtown, Bucks County," said Geoffrey Johnson, Worthington's lawyer. "In addition to being renowned as a successful businessperson, Worthington has an outstanding reputation as a philanthropist based on his myriad, longstanding charitable endeavors in the local community, and in recent years, on a national scale."Doylesto

The petition in question, which is still active and has garnered more than 7,000 signatures, was started by Bullough after he learned that Worthington sponsored three bus loads of people to Washington, D.C., for the Stop The Steal Rally, Jan. 6, which turned violent after some protestors broke away from the demonstration and stormed the U.S. Capitol building in what has become known as the Trump insurrection. Bullough called on schools, medical facilities and charitable organizations to sever their ties with NAC. Several did, including Bucks County Community College.


The petition asks the following organizations listed on NAC's "Community Partner's" page to end their partnership and association with this business:


  • AUDI of Warrington
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Boot and Shoot
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • First Priority Bank
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill
  • Holy Ghost Prep
  • Jammer Doors
  • Kel Tren Water Care
  • Langs Ski and Scuba
  • New York Life
  • Newtown Internal Medicine
  • Newtown Vet Hospital
  • Off to Neverland Travel
  • Peruzzi Auto Group
  • Premier Home Renovations
  • Quaker School at Horsham
  • Rejuvenation Medical Aesthetics
  • ReMax
  • Renewal by Anderson
  • Rothman Orthopaedics
  • School of Rock Newtown
  • Team Toyota
  • Thomas Edison Electric
  • Total Eye Care
  • Villa Victoria Academy