The is the second such lawsuit against the TV station owner
Armstrong Williams, who owns several TV stations thanks in large part to the Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Williams, conservative pundit and also BFFs with former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, is accused of pressuring his former assistant for sex, and not paying the assistant for work he performed. The assistant, Charlton Woodyard, claims his career was hurt by rejecting Williams’ alleged sexual advances, including the botching of a budding business relationship with the conservative Washington Times, according to a report in Washington City Paper.
According to the lawsuit, Woodyard quit his sales job at menswear store, Jos. A. Bank, at Williams’ urging. He then quickly rose to become Williams’ go-to guy and taking meetings with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The lawsuit alleges several instances of awkward sexual advances, including Williams exposing himself to Woodyard and discussing his desire for anal sex.
“I’m attracted to you, that’s just a fact,” Williams told Mr. Woodyard, according to the lawsuit.
Williams has made vehement anti-gay remarks in the past.
This is the second such lawsuit against Williams. He was sued in the 1990’s on similar charges. At that time assistant Stephen Gregory claimed sexually harassed him for nearly two years. In a lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court, Gregory said the abuse began with simple hugs and comments as well as inappropriate advice about his girlfriends, according to a 1997 report in Washington City Paper. On two occasions, Gregory claimed that he even threw “a predatory Williams to the floor,” City Paper reported.
Gregory also claimed Williams had also grabbed his buttocks and genitals and climbed into bed with him on business trips. Gregory claimed he was ultimately fired because he consistently rejected Williams’ advances. Williams reportedly settled the $200.000 lawsuit.