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World Billionaire Coca Cola bottling heir Alki David must pay former employee $58M in damages after she sued him for sexual harassment and battery

21:01  03 december  2019
21:01  03 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Billionaire Alki David was hit with more than $58 million in damages after a jury found him liable for battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment against a former employee in the latest lawsuit targeting the owner of several media companies, the plaintiff´s attorney said.

Jurors on Monday awarded $50million in punitive damages to Mahim Khan, a former production assistant who worked at his Los Angeles-based firms, attorney Gloria Allred said.

The same panel last week awarded $8.25million in compensatory damages.

Khan alleged in her lawsuit that in 2014 David thrust his pelvis into her face and simulated oral sex.

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Alki David et al. posing for the camera: Alki David (seen left with girlfriend Leila in Los Angeles in June 2018) has been ordered to pay more than $58million in damages to a woman who sued him for sexual harassment and battery© Provided by Daily Mail Alki David (seen left with girlfriend Leila in Los Angeles in June 2018) has been ordered to pay more than $58million in damages to a woman who sued him for sexual harassment and battery

Khan also alleged that David once rubbed her vagina, frequently grabbed her pelvic area, peppered her with unwanted kisses, gave her a lap dance in front of a client, and once put his hands under her dress and cupped her breasts.

Khan testified that at times David would pull his pants down, grab her by the neck and shove her into his crotch.

She said that she had been severely abused as a child, and just tried to ignore the violations.

Khan further testified that David once sauntered into a meeting she was having with important clients, and made them all watch the pornographic video '2 Girls 1 Cup.'

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Asked to describe the video, Khan was reluctant, telling the jury: 'I don't want to do this to you guys.'

Finally, she offered the hesitant description that the video features two women 'collecting poop, rubbing it and eating it.'

'I hope the punitive damages verdict sends a message to Alki David to never, ever think of violating another woman's body,' Khan said in a statement provided by Allred's office.

David plans an appeal.

In a statement Monday, he denied the claim and accused the judge of blocking witnesses who would have exonerated him.

'This trial proves that not only is the system broken. It's in a state of emergency.

Alki David standing posing for the camera© Provided by Daily Mail

'It's an emergency for employment law, for business and innovation in the state of California,' the statement said.

David, 51, is heir to the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants.

He is reported to have a net worth of $1.9billion.

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David is a member of the Greek Cypriot Leventis family, whose patriarch, Anastasios George Leventis, built a trading empire that spanned numerous countries in Western Africa.

He heads several media firms, including FilmOn Networks, Alki David Productions Inc. and Hologram USA Networks Inc.

It was the third verdict this year against David, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior by former employees, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A jury in April awarded another employee $11.1million. She said he fired her after she refused to have sex with him.

She later agreed to a reduction in compensatory damages. Punitive damages remained at $8million.

Last month a jury found in favor of another woman, awarding her $650,000 in compensatory damages and $4.35million in punitive damages.

In 2016, she alleged David put his hands on her throat and pushed her chair into a wall, among other claims.

According to her lawsuit, David told her that he needed to buy supplies for his 'rape room,' the Times reported.

David faces two additional lawsuits; a suit filed in 2016 was settled out of court.

David has disputed the reports of sexual misconduct, saying, 'I never touched any of these women.'

David remained belligerent, defiant and disruptive throughout his multiple trials in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to the newspaper.

He frequently erupted in profanity-laced outbursts while mocking his accusers and their attorneys, earning him nearly $10,000 in sanctions; he was ejected from the courtroom on several occasions.


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