Top L.A. County prosecutors who reported sexual harassment by boss receive $700,000 settlement

Top L.A. County prosecutors who reported sexual harassment by boss receive $700,000 settlement,  Beth Silverman and Tannaz Mokayef  came forward in 2015.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-da-harassment-settlement-20170919-story.html

Story by Matt Hamilton

wo prosecutors in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will receive $700,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing their supervisor of subjecting them to regular harassment and fostering an abusive, sexually charged workplace.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the settlement Tuesday. Details on how the money would be divided among Deputy Dist. Attys. Beth Silverman and Tannaz Mokayef and their lawyers were not released. The payout will be drawn from the district attorney’s budget, according to county records.

In a civil lawsuit filed in 2015, Silverman and Mokayef, both members of the district attorney’s elite major crimes division, accused their former supervisor, Gary Hearnsberger, of grabbing their buttocks, declaring his fondness for sexually pleasuring women, and making disparaging remarks about women, crime victims and a transgender attorney.

The pair said they were penalized for rebuffing Hearnsberger’s advances. They alleged that other female prosecutors received high-profile cases for tolerating the harassment, engaging in sexual banter with Hearnsberger or providing sexual favors.

Attorneys for Mokayef said in court papers that at least four other female employees of the D.A.’s office also complained internally that they were victims of sexual harassment and other misconduct by Hearnsberger.

On Tuesday, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey disputed suggestions that her office had overlooked allegations of sexual misconduct.

“We have no tolerance for sexual harassment in this office,” Lacey said in a statement. “My managers are trained through the county and as part of my leadership team to respect their colleagues and uphold the values of this office.”

After the settlement was approved, a spokeswoman for the D.A.’s office said the case was settled to resolve outstanding disputes and avoid the expense and inconvenience of further litigation.

Silverman, who successfully led the prosecution of the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, Lonnie Franklin Jr., declined to comment on the settlement.

Mokayef, who won a murder conviction against “The Shield” actor Michael Jace, said in an email written in all-caps that she was “not interested in speaking” about the matter. Her attorney, Greg Smith, also declined to comment.

Both prosecutors remain in the major crimes unit, according to a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Hearnsberger and his attorney did not respond to messages seeking comment. After more than three decades with the office, Hearnsberger retired March 31, about a week before Silverman’s attorneys formally notified an Orange County judge that the case had been settled to avoid a trial. Hearnsberger had continued to receive a salary after being placed on paid administrative leave in March 2015.

The lawsuit had been transferred to Orange County after the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench was disqualified from hearing the case.

Hearnsberger remains an active member of the California state bar, which listed him at a post office box in the Yucca Valley, north of Palm Springs. In an interview with The Times shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Hearnsberger denied the women’s claims.

“I’m being charged with a crime I didn’t commit, and that’s not something prosecutors want to see,” Hearnsberger said. “Any kind of sexual allegations with me, her, them or other lawyers in major crimes or any other place where I’ve been head deputy is completely and totally untrue.”

But court records offered detailed allegations of Hearnsberger’s alleged lewd behavior in the office.

As supervisor of the unit that handles the D.A.’s highest-profile and complex homicide cases, Hearnsberger would make gestures mimicking oral sex and often laced his comments with graphic sexual remarks, Silverman alleged.

At a 2013 work-related event at the Biltmore Hotel, he put his hands on her buttocks and told her, “You know you like it,” according to the lawsuit.

Mokayef, a former gang prosecutor who joined the major crimes unit in 2014, said that Hearnsberger once reached under her skirt at a restaurant and grabbed her crotch. He also compared her cellphone’s vibrations to a sexual toy, according to court documents.

“He screams. He yells. He’s nasty,” Silverman said in a deposition excerpted in court records.

Silverman — whose performance reviews over the last decade praised her for being one of the best trial lawyers in the unit — said she alerted at least two superiors to the mistreatment. One of her superiors prevented her from disclosing all of the details to him, saying he did not want to hear about it, according to court papers.

A district attorney’s spokeswoman said the office did not learn the specifics of the harassment allegations until Silverman and Mokayef filed their lawsuit.

Silverman said in court papers that since coming forward with her complaint she had been isolated, defamed, harassed, and even cut off in hallways by colleagues.

“The alleged perpetrator has left the department,” Mokayef’s attorney, Christopher Brizzolara, said Monday. “If nothing else, the case did accomplish that.”

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno

Its important that those who are sexually harassed in AA, NA come forward now. We are talking to a journalist and more….reach me at makeaasafer@gmail.com

AA -Alcoholics Anonymous is worth some $22,000,000 million dollars. Think again about giving money!

 

this is on their tax return…what are they talking about – How does AA provide service – what services do they provide?

How are they NOT connected to the member and the groups when we call them and say we were harmed, raped, sexually harassed. WHY DOES AA SAY THEY HAVE NO PART IN IT ?  But they like the connection to the groups and members to have a nice tax write off  … dont they ?

Where is a hotline to file complaints?

They HAVE NONE. CALL AND COMPLAIN _ Write emails , write to your local newspaper and your local TV outlets if you were sexually harassed in AA in any way. SHOUT IT OUT ! NOW IS THE TIME>

Does AA help still suffering alkies as they pretend to? How do they do it then. How much are the Officers paid in NY ? ALL is here for you to see.

Here is just one link to AA World wide Headquarters. What does AA do with the money the groups send into NYC ?

http://www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=NPO.Summary&EIN=237282071&Cobrandid=0

Does Harvey Weinstein Have A Sex Addiction?

Here is a link – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youngjustice/2017/10/18/does-harvey-weinstein-have-a-sex-addiction

Dr. Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads engage in a clinical conversaton about Harvey Weinstein and recent allegations of sexual abuse and rape. Several questions have surfaced after this week’s news that Weinstein has diagnosed himself with a sex addiction; Stanton and Zach address a few:

– Is sex addiction real?

– Does sex addiction adequately describe Weinstein’s behavior?

– Is it possible he has some other kind of addiction?

– If it’s true that he’s addicted (to sex or anything else), what does that mean in terms of legal consequences?

Life Process Program

www.lifeprocessprogram.com

Stanton Peele Psychology Today Article on Harvey Weinstein: 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/addiction-in-society/201710/is-harvey-weinstein-addicted-love

Zach Rhoads’ MEDIUM Blog on Harvey Weinstein: 

https://medium.com/@zrhoadsconsulting/does-harvey-weinstein-have-a-sex-addiction-f77edc84537a

Follow Zach On Twitter:

@rhoadsoda

The LAST Stop – A New Documentary exposing The ELAN School – an abusive teen industry location in Maine

Recently I had the great pleasure to meet this new up and coming Director Todd Nilssen. We met at The Drug Policy Alliance Conference in Atlanta this past weekend where they screened his new Documentary, THE LAST STOP.

This is a very disturbing, honest, critical expose of the abusive Teen Industry school for kids who got into trouble and children who barely did anything wrong. I have been following this story since the early days  2009 – 2010 of blogging on the famous anti AA blog www.stinkin-thinkin.com.  Unlike Straight, Inc. which was based on AA 12 steps, Elan was based on Confrontation, Tough Love Tactics, Scream Therapy…but there weren’t any Therapists or PhD’s administering the groups.  There are many of these so called schools still in operation.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6508926/

Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment allegations are swirling – New York Times

Welcome to Hollywood. Welcome to the Harvey Weinstein Cult .

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is like the FOX who is watching the Hen house. FINALLY another scumbag Hollywood Duchbag is being exposed. I swear to GOD that I think Leah Remini’s A & E ‘s show made these women wake up and go to A LAWYER finally. I mean they are not even in a CULT and they are staying quiet. GOOD – Im glad this is now out.

Its been quite a few years of exposing horrible men like  Jerry Sandusky with Football abusing children who are in the Foster care system plus football players – what a pig he was….to Bill Cosby, next came sexual harassment lawsuits with Roger Ailes , then Bill O’Reilly, and now Mirimax Hollywood Bull Dog Harvey Weinstein.

I hope AA and sexual harassment is next.

WHY do we have so many cults in California? We are documenting and warning about CULTS.

Today my waxing friend told me about another cult. It has to do with Tantric Sex. They start off with a one day workshop that costs $195. for the day.

After the day was ended they tried to sell her on going on to another level costing $10,000 dollars. Next … they wanted her to get more recruits. Sounds like a scheme to me .