Actress Mariel Hemingway sought a restraining order against her former business manager over sexual harassment claims, but a Manhattan judge rejected the request on the grounds that the level of the alleged harassment and threats was not sufficient enough to warrant a restraining order, the Daily Mail reported on September 26, 2011. Hemingway alleged entertainment manager Mike Wittlin had sent the star inappropriate sexual messages and used vulgar and offensive language around her, but in rejecting the petition for the restraining order, Judge Carol Boas Goodson noted that Hemingway could file a civil lawsuit.
According to the celebrity news web site TMZ, Hemingway claims Wittlin also sent the actress “sexually-charged texts and was ‘often time overly aggressive and hostile in his manner.’” Wittlin told TMZ that Hemingway owes him “a great deal of money.” “I am disappointed to find that an otherwise respectable woman would try to manipulate the justice system with outrageous allegations in an attempt to avoid her financial responsibilities,” Wittlin told TMZ. “This is a civil matter between business partners, no more, no less. I am appreciative of the court for dismissing these baseless lies.”
Hemingway’s case illustrates the importance of having a Los Angeles employment lawyer who knows how to handle one of the most pervasive problems in the workplace. Before going to court, you need to know what constitutes sexual harassment and if it requires legal recourse. If you believe you have been a victim of either quid pro quo sexual harassment or a “hostile working” environment, you should contact our Los Angeles employment attorney to set up a confidential consultation to discuss your case. We also want to know how you feel about this particular case. Do you think Mariel Hemingway’s claims of sexual harassment are legitimate?