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Lynn Dymally Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Carson Councilman and WRD Director Albert Robles


 

Carson Mayor and WRD Director Albert Robles.

Carson Mayor and WRD Director Albert Robles.

Daughter of the Hon. Mervyn M. Dymally tells HMG-CN that Robles “is a detriment to the public’s best interest, a menace to society, and a disgrace to his family, friends, supporters, colleagues, constituents, WRD, and the city of Carson.”

 

By Brian Hews

Hews Media Group-Community News has exclusively learned and obtained a complaint filed by former Water Replenishment District Director Lynn Dymally against current Carson Mayor and WRD Director Albert Robles for sexual harassment and other violations.

The 11 page complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Dymally’s attorney Jason Buccat based out of Culver City, slams Robles with Sexual Battery (Civil Code 1708.5), Harassment (Civil Code 51.9), Gender Violence (Civil Code 52.4), and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

A person commits Sexual Battery when, “he/she acts with the intent to cause a harmful or offensive contact
with an intimate part of another, and a sexually offensive contact with that person directly or indirectly results.”

A person is liable for Sexual Harassment when there is a business, service, or professional relationship between the plaintiff and defendant.

Finally, Gender Violence is described in the Code as a physical intrusion or physical invasion of a sexual nature under coercive conditions.

The complaint also named 10 “Does” and stated, “plaintiff is informed and believes and based thereon alleges that each of these fictitiously named defendants is responsible in some manner for the occurrences here in alleged, and that Plaintiffs damages as herein alleged were proximately caused by their conduct.”

The incident occurred at the American Leaders Water Conference in Washington D.C. that took place in November 2013.

According to the complaint, Dymally began feeling very uncomfortable when they checked into the hotel and Robles had ordered adjoining rooms with a common door.

The complaint goes on to state, “early morning on Nov. 3, 2013 Dymally was returning to her room after dinner with Robles and others when Robles forced himself on to Dymally so hard that it pushed her back into her room and onto the bed. Robles began to grope Dymally and proceeded to rip her clothes off. Dymally attempted to stop him however Robles was too strong and proceeded to get on top of her and tried to have intercourse with her.”

Dymally claimed that after he tried to force himself onto her, Robles passed out.

Dymally was able to escape the situation showered and went to attend the conference that morning.

The night of Nov. 3 Robles once again “attempted to touch Dymally in a sexual manner, but this time she was able to thwart his advances.”

The complaint alleges that once they returned from the conference, Robles continued to harass Dymally while at WRD meetings.

HMG-CN contacted Dymally who said, “as a life-long community leader and role model, I would be remiss if I do not stand up against the injustice of sexual assault and harassment women encounter in the workplace. It saddens me even more that a man who once worked for and with me and had the privilege of being mentored by my father, the Hon. Mervyn M. Dymally, a great defender of women’s rights, would have such a lack of respect for women. My dad would be heart broken by Albert’s transgressions and encourage me to stand-up for women and myself.”

She went on to say, “Albert Robles has become a despicable person and public servant who lacks the basic principles of integrity and respect for others. Mayor Robles must be held accountable for his egregious behavior against me and any other woman he has violated. He owes, not only me, but also, his mother, sister, wife, and daughter a public apology along with sincere atonement. Albert Robles is a detriment to the public’s best interest, a menace to society, and a disgrace to his family, friends, supporters, colleagues, constituents, WRD, and the city of Carson.”

The complaint asks for a jury trial and for compensatory as well as punitive damages.

Texts into Mayor Robles were not returned at time of publication.

See complaint, click here.

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