It’s really getting hard for me to keep up with all of the legal battles involving Real Housewives participants. Somehow this week’s case against, Ken, Lisa and Michael Govia, the assistant manager at Villa Blanca, just slipped my mind. Here is what you missed.
Back in August of 2012, a waitress named Karina Bustillos claimed she was sexually harassed by Michael on numerous occasions during her employment at Villa Blanca. Specifically, she states he told her to close her eyes, she did and when she opened them his tongue was sticking out of his mouth very close to her face. He also grabbed her by her wrists on more than one occasion. He called her a bitch and a cunt after she said something to management. And that is pretty much her whole case. She would like $5 million, please and thank you.
TMZ reported that Lisa offered the girl $40k just to go away, but apparently she didn’t take it because the trial began last week. First on the stand was Karina who reportedly glared at Ken and Michael throughout her testimony according to BHCourier. :
“Just because you’re famous and wealthy … you cannot hide the truth to save your image,” Bustillos said. “I want you guys to know that.” Bustillos said many women say little against their harassers because they want to keep their jobs.
“I think they don’t stand up because they’re scared to do what is right,” she said. “It’s so hard to get a job right now. I’m so tired of people having to go through that. Women should not be assaulted or touched.”
Bustillos maintains the most serious incidents occurred in April 2012, when Govia allegedly tried to kiss her at work, and four months later, when she maintains he grabbed her wrists and twisted them. She said he had taken hold of her wrists about 10 times before, but that this incident was the most serious.She said she begged Govia to release her wrists, but he replied, “I’m the manager and I can do whatever I want.” SOURCE
Thanks ladies and gents is the girls whole case. The rest of the quotes from the article were about how women are afraid to come forward, how she is empowering women everywhere, how abuse against women is a terrible thing, and….that rich people can’t get away with it. She also said that no one wanted to come forward on her behalf because they wanted to film for Housewives. Karina, an aspiring actress, claimed she tried to avoid being filmed. Umhmmmm
Ken Todd also testified this week saying he thought the whole issue was resolved back in 2012 and had no idea about the lawsuit until he read about it on TMZ recently. He says his GM, Andrew Morrison had resolved the case shortly after it was reported to him. There were no other employees who could substantiate her claims, nothing on the surveillance video and no signs of injury. He was told by Morrison that the incident was investigated and found to be unsubstantiated.
In other testimony, Scheana Marie, a cast member of the “Housewives” Bravo spinoff “Vanderpump Rules” and also a server at Villa Blanca, told jurors that she and Bustillos were once friends and car-pooled together to work. However, she said she never saw Govia mistreat the plaintiff or anyone else at the restaurant.
Marie said she was present at the restaurant the day Bustillos maintains Govia grabbed her wrists. She testified that Bustillos was “in a bad mood” and “wanted to get out of there.” However, Bustillos never said anything about what she alleged Govia had done to her. She said she was not appreciative of her colleague’s demeanor.
“You don’t treat your friends that way,” the 29-year-old Marie said. “I know she was pissed off that day, but she pissed me off.” SOURCE
Always the picture of decorum and intellect that Scheana Marie. Another male server that worked with Karina at the time said he was shocked and that the story did not make sense because it would be out of character for the accused harasser. Next, the police officer that took her statement said she noticed no injuries on Karina, who stated that “her wrists were sore.” Karina did not want to press charges, she was merely making a record of the event. And by making a record of the event means planning to file a multi-million dollar civil suit against Lisa and Ken.
Lisa is apparently not being required to testify but her video deposition may be played in court next week. Ken is expected to testify again next week.
So is this another one of those times where we are always required to believe the self-proclaimed victim? Or are we allowed to call bullshit on this one?