A lawsuit filed last June by Paul Ceglia, an upstate New York man, claiming to own 84% of Facebook was initially regarded as preposterous, but yesterday Ceglia re-filed his suit and produced emails that he says support his claims.
Business Insider, which broke the story, calls the new evidence "startling."
Ceglia has produced more than a dozen emails that he claims were written from July 2003 to July 2004 and were between him and Zuckerberg. In the emails, Zuckerberg reportedly tells Ceglia that the Facebook site has seen little success and that Zuckerberg was thinking of shutting it down.
"And, in the summer of 2004," Business Insider says, "they include Zuckerberg offering to send Ceglia his $2,000 of funding back--right at the time Zuckerberg had moved to California to continue to develop, incorporate, and raise money for Facebook."