SeaWorld is trying hard to keep its secrets. A strongly-worded letter from the company to the author of a book-length expose has just been released by the Times of San Diego.
The letter states:
For the avoidance of doubt, SeaWorld does not consent to your use of Confidential Information in the Book ... SeaWorld hereby requests that you immediately certify, in writing and under oath, that during your employment with SeaWorld and subsequent to your separation from SeaWorld, you have not disclosed or used in any way Confidential Information, including in connection with the Book.
SeaWorld says the letter is simply standard procedure, reminding an ex-trainer of their disclosure policies - not at all a really scary and ominous stormcloud!
"We never threatened Hargrove with a lawsuit," SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs told the Times.
But the Times asked experts at Californians Aware, a nonprofit public forum law organization, what they thought of the letter and they said that, yeah, the letter sounds pretty threatening.