LOS ANGELES (AP) – Billionaire Alki David was overwhelmed with greater than $ 58 million in damages after a jury discovered him liable for assault, sexual assault and sexual harassment in opposition to a former worker within the final lawsuit addressed to the proprietor of a number of corporations media, the plaintiff lawyer mentioned.
The jury awarded $ 50 million in punitive damages on Monday to Mahim Khan, a former manufacturing assistant who labored at his Los Angeles-based companies, legal professional Gloria Allred mentioned.
The identical panel final week awarded $ eight.25 million in compensatory damages.
Khan claimed in his lawsuit that in 2014 David caught his pelvis in his face and simulated oral intercourse. Allred revealed his shopper's identify in a press launch.
"I hope the decision of punitive damages sends a message to Alki David in order that he by no means, by no means thinks of violating the physique of one other girl," Khan mentioned in a press release supplied by Allred's workplace.
David plans an enchantment. In a press release on Monday, he denied the declare and accused the choose of blocking the witnesses who would have exonerated him.
“This take a look at exhibits that not solely the system is damaged. It’s in a state of emergency. It’s an emergency for labor laws, for enterprise and innovation within the state of California, "the assertion mentioned.
David is inheritor to a Greek bottling fortune of Coca-Cola. He runs a number of media corporations, together with FilmOn Networks, Alki David Productions Inc. and Hologram USA Networks Inc.
It was the third verdict this 12 months in opposition to David, who has been accused of inappropriate conduct by former staff, in keeping with the Los Angeles Instances.
A jury in April awarded one other worker $ 11.1 million. She mentioned she fired her after she refused to have intercourse with him. He later accepted a discount in compensatory damages. Punitive damages remained at $ eight million.
Final month, a jury present in favor of one other girl, granting $ 650,000 in compensatory damages and $ four.35 million in punitive damages.
In 2016, he alleged that David put his fingers on his throat and pushed his chair in opposition to the wall, amongst different claims. In response to his lawsuit, David instructed him he wanted to purchase provides for his "rape room," the Instances reported.
David faces two further calls for; A lawsuit filed in 2016 was settled out of court docket.
David has disputed reviews of sexual misconduct, saying, "I by no means touched any of those girls."
David remained belligerent, defiant and disturbing throughout his a number of trials within the Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom, in keeping with the newspaper.
He incessantly burst into profane outbursts whereas making enjoyable of his accusers and his legal professionals, which earned him practically $ 10,000 in penalties; He was expelled from the courtroom a number of instances.
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