Clarification: Lisa Vanderpump Does Not Have To Pay $1.5 Million In Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted on Nov 19 2014 - 5:18pm by BeachSpin

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As we reported yesterday, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” stars, Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd are embroiled in an ongoing court battle between a server who was employed by the couple’s restaurant, Villa Blanca, and it’s management. And according My News LA the case was settled with a final award of $1.5 million, in attorney’s fees. 

The amount of the settlement stood out as exuberant for a sexual harassment suit especially since the accuser was found not guiltily and Lisa agreed. The RHOBH star reached out to All About The Tea on Twitter to clarify that the dollar amount ($1.5 million) reported by My News LA. is incorrect. Vanderpump clarified in a tweet,  “not true at all. $150.000 was lodged for the Appeal..somebody has added a zero.”

Lisa Vanderpump Tweet to AATT

While the suit was technically filed against Villa Blanca Restaurant, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Michael Linfield, later ruled that because Lisa and Ken had unitary interests, they should share liability with their business. He also said that he disagreed with defense attorney Marianne Zakarian’s assertion that the amount of the fees sought by the plaintiff, was excessive. 

Vanderpump went on to further clarify her position in a direct message (DM) to All About The Tea:

“Well it is under appeal,the jury unequivocally said it didn’t happen,so why is Vb responsible? This is her lawyer wanting publicity”

Lisa's dm

The case was originally filed back in October of 2012. The plaintiff, Karina Bustillos, was previously awarded $6,250 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages in her sexual harassment lawsuit, back in June. She alleged that manager, Michael Govia, sexually harassed her, by violently grabbing her wrists, calling her vile names, and attempting to kiss her. Curiously, there were no witnesses that came forward to back up the aspiring model/actress’ claims, and the accused perpetrator was exonerated of all charges. 

The case was originally filed back in October of 2012. The plaintiff, Karina Bustillos, was previously awarded $6,250 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages in her sexual harassment lawsuit, back in June. She alleged that manager, Michael Govia, sexually harassed her, by violently grabbing her wrists, calling her vile names, and attempting to kiss her. Curiously, there were no witnesses that came forward to back up the aspiring model/actress’ claims, and the accused perpetrator was exonerated of all charges. 

 

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  • WestCoastFeed

    The jury alsosaid that Ken acted with malice. The.Verdict was because Ken mishandled this.

  • WestCoastFeed

    The article includes quotes from the attorneys. Have you asked the reporter or the lawyers to comment?

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Looking at a transcript of the manager’s evidence he does not say that Ken ordered him to destroy the tape. I’m not saying Ken acted completely properly about all of this but I also understand that sometimes employers think about their business rather than the employee, but all Ken seemed to do was ask the manager if he deleted it. If the manager deleting his own recording was sufficient to say that Ken acted with malice then how was the managers evidence or testimony of what was on the tape not sufficient to convict Govia? If he emailed it then how can it really be deleted completely? Also from what I can gather the reason they didn’t change Bustillos’ shifts is because she already refused to work with another employee and they said it would be impossible.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Please do some more research, beach. The original news story looks solid to .me I think Lisa is mistaken.

    • Do you believe Lisa Vanderpump is lying or mistaken about her own case?

      • WestCoastFeed

        It is very rude to call someone liar. Lisa is traveling and may have missed the news.

        • I can’t see how Lisa would be lying or mistaken about the details of her own case. What makes you believe the $1.5 million is correct?

          • WestCoastFeed

            That is the figure in the/ news story. Perhaps the lawyers were awarded $150k. A phone call to the reporter or the lawyer will get it right.

    • BeachSpin

      This info is straight from Lisa…do you think she would straight up lie about the details? Wouldn’t she know better than anyone?

      • WestCoastFeed

        No, I read her deposition how the Business was run. Clueless

      • stoplyin2217

        I think she would lie. Just my opinion.

    • As much as I like Lisa, she is not as innocent as she is trying to make it seem.

  • WestCoastFeed

    The Beverly hills courier also has the $ 1.5 million figure .

  • September24

    Lisa should use the money she just saved and hire better staff.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Please correct thisblog. . Lisa is wrong. You lose credibility posting lies.

    • All About The Tea

      If you are accusing Lisa Vanderpump of lying, post your source and not another blog.

      • WestCoastFeed

        The Beverly Hills Courier

      • WestCoastFeed

        Courier.com You have to type B H before courier, no spaces .
        . Enter Lisa’s name in the search engine. Sorry but I care very much about this website and very much want to see it error free.

        • All About The Tea

          Thanks. The Beverly Hills Courier is a print and online tabloid. Our researcher is working on getting the court docs. We’ll report back soon.

          • WestCoastFeed

            Thank you. I will wait for the documentation. But I very much doubt that City News Service was in error.