A judge in Brooklyn put a temporary halt on the $250 million sexual abuse lawsuit brought against American Apparel founder Dov Charney this week. The judge also ordered a hearing to determine whether or not the case should be tried in court at all.
The New York Post reports that Charney’s lawyer, Stuart Slotnick, wrote in court papers that plaintiff and former American Apparel employee Irene Morales signed a document saying she would take up any outstanding issues with the company in private arbitration. He also wrote that she “brought this action after making a number of extortion-like threats to expose the company to a threatened avalanche of litigation and negative publicity.”
Morales alleged in a lawsuit filed just a few days ago that Charney forced her to have sex with him, describe her sexual history to him in detail and send him nude pictures of herself in order to keep her job and to advance in the company.
This isn’t the first time Charney has been accused of sexual abuse, but none of the suits brought against him have ever been proven in court.
While Morales’ lawyer Eric Baum has called the arbitration rule “improper and unenforceable,” Slotnick says Judge Bert Bunyan should sanction Morales for “frivolous litigation.” We’d hardly call this case frivolous (and you don’t have to read the description of the things Morales had to do for Charney to understand why), but if Morales agreed not to bring this up in front of a judge, is there any way for her to wage this battle in the courtroom?
Charney suit halted [The New York Post]