So for those keeping track the latest claim is that this whole thing has been a vast conspiracy involving dozens of people designed purely to wind Ian Levine up.
Now that one I can believe!
Yet the next turn of the apple is that Charles Daniels (a longtime fan who contributed to several of the fanthologies of fifteen years ago), who brought the story of this hoaxing cabal to light, believes that he himself has been punked by his friend who brought the story to his attention!
And Levine is telling people that he doesn't believe the story. Either he genuinely doesn't believe it, or he's only saying he doesn't believe it because he's hurt and doesn't want to give his enemies satisfaction.
You couldn't make this one up. No editor would buy this story.