I joined a start up in a small highly technical industry. I was with the company for a very short time. I found a number of questionable things at the company and resigned a few months after joining. Almost within an hour I started receiving threatening emails from the owner. I notified the police about the threats and was told they would not get involved. I had started to look for a new position within the industry and after speaking with another company was informed that the owner of the startup was calling around and telling competitors that I would be looking for a job. They should know that I was a convicted sex offender and was fired for it. Apparently this has been said to a number of people at different companies. I am not a sex offender and I have never been accused or convicted of any sort of criminal activity. The problem I face is I cannot afford an attorney. I've spoken with many attorneys and no one will touch this case on contingent. This has been extremely devastating to me both financially and emotionally. I can't get a restraining order as no specific threat of physical violence was made. I am now filing for bankruptcy and about to be evicted from my home because I can't find work. Can anyone suggest something I can do?